Larry’s in Venice opens today (with nothing over $15)
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Mark and Erwin Sokol (of Hotel Erwin) have teamed up with Waterloo & City chef Brendan Collins and director of operations Carolos Tomazos to pay tribute to the art community of Venice Beach with an art-inspired eatery that opens its doors for business Tuesday.
Larry’s -- named after local artist Larry Bell, a pioneer of California minimalism -- features an interior bar inspired by the artist’s mirrored and translucent glass and plexiglass cubes of the 1960s and an outdoor patio with a beer garden-like atmosphere.
Facing Windward Avenue is an art wall on the restaurant’s exterior. A self-portrait of Bell rendered in neon by artist Ohashi serves as the eatery’s logo, hanging high above the art wall for locals and tourists alike to look up to (in the literal and metaphorical sense, perhaps).
The menu at Larry’s features daily chalkboard specials, charcuterie and pizzas (like the Brussels sprout, bacon, parmesan and chile vinegar or the green chorizo, egg, chipotle and tomato sauce) along with various gastropub-ish plates such as barbecued eel and foie gras terrine or green curry mussels -- all $15 and under.
Larry’s is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Larry’s, 24 Windward Ave., Venice, (310) 399-2700, larrysvenice.com.
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