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The Review: Cleo at the Redbury Hotel
The Review: Cleo at the Redbury Hotel

This, after all, being Hollywood, if SBE's Sam Nazarian is going to name a restaurant for the queen of Egypt, it's obligatory to vamp it up a little. Set in the crimson Redbury Hotel, a stone's throw from Hollywood and Vine, Cleo references the alluring Egyptian with a giant, black-and-white photo of the silent film actress Theda Bara as a fierce, dark-eyed Cleopatra from 1917. More queens of the cinema grace the walls of the high-ceilinged room, but their Cleos look decidedly tame compared with Bara. I used to dread checking out trendy new restaurants in Hollywood. The look was everything, and while some were entertaining, mostly the food was forgettable, if not downright...