After months of vacancy, a shuttered La Cañada hotspot is beginning to buzz with life as the new owners of “The Proper” restaurant and bar prepare to reintroduce a local favorite but with a decidedly new face and spirit.
The newly formed Proper Hospitality Group — an equal partnership between David and Cater Lee Yost and longtime friends Rick and Lisa Anderson — recently opened the redesigned space to some 150 friends and family members in a sneak peek Sunday.
“I didn’t realize we had so many friends,” Rick Anderson joked Tuesday during a mock service designed to help new staff members acclimate to the menu, kitchen and layout.
Cater Lee Yost said the group was planning a soft opening this week with a public grand opening to follow. She and Lisa Anderson helped vet some of the menu offerings and redesign the interior, which wasn’t too big a departure from the former Flintridge Proper.
“We inherited a place with great bones,” she said. “It’s like the beautiful home you get the good fortune of moving into — all we had to do was give it a little face-lift.”
In addition to several black and white art photographs of local spots, such as La Cañada’s Descanso Gardens, the interior also features reimagined seating and a fun series of posters demonstrating the “proper” way to apply cat’s eye makeup, dance the foxtrot and compose one’s self while walking or sitting.
“From an ambiance perspective, this is a community and a neighborhood place,” said Lisa Anderson. “And it’s family friendly, because this is a family-friendly community.”
According to a menu made available at Sunday’s open house, the bar will feature wine flights, “classic cocktails with a modern twist” and a variety of draft and bottled beers. Food offerings include an array of starters, including crispy Brussels sprouts and a charred cauliflower hummus, salad, burgers, sandwiches and flatbreads.
Entrees include a wild mushroom risotto, honey truffle fried chicken, Scottish salmon, filet mignon, Cajun rib-eye and braised short rib, along with rotating market-fresh fish specials.
The Proper will begin offering dinner service from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. David Yost said sometime after the New Year, the restaurant will roll out a lunch menu, to eventually be followed by weekend brunch.