Conservatory Opens in West Hollywood, with a Cafe and Serious Spritzes

Taking over the former Beach Nation space, Paul Kalt has opened Conservatory, home to a café, restaurant and bar program. Developed by The Kalt Group, with design and concept creation by Jim Hustead of Age Old Trade Design, Conservatory was built to host a vibrant and social setting in the heart of West Hollywood.

With something for everyone, Conservatory is a multi tiered space with a street level café, Café at Conservatory, housed in the historical landmark previously occupied by Queen’s Burgers and Irv’s respectively, a full restaurant and bar on the main floor and Society Room, a back room offering an elevated cocktail program.

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The scene at Conservatory in West Hollywood (Images: Ryan Tanaka)

A bespoke sense of quality echoes through the restaurant with a sense of a “get away”, featuring spectacular details throughout each room, from open/shut shutters in the main dining area to an open-air café with a living wall on Santa Monica Boulevard. Society Room giving way to a room with a private feel with pink and green flair and artistic touches throughout. Adding to the Conservatory atmosphere is an open-air lounge and fire pit area, where guests can enjoy cocktails and bites in a cozy setting.

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Conservatory features an ingredient driven, seasonal California menu from Executive Chef Adonis Witt of Local Kitchen and Wine Bar, La Brea Bakery and BLD. The varied menu includes Fall Squash Bruschetta with apple, endive, burrata and pumpkin, Pei Mussels with calabrian chile butter, white wine, soft herbs and grilled bread, Braised Short Rib with fontina polenta, charred broccolini, gremolata and watercress. They also serve a Bacon Cheeseburger with an 8 oz beef patty, swiss cheese, dijonaise, pickles, applewood smoked bacon and shredded Iceberg lettuce.

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Fellini Was Like a Watermelon cocktail at Conservatory

The bar program, created by Soigné Group’s Josh Goldman holds three parts to the space. The Café serves Verve Coffee offerings, pastries from Bakers Kneaded and features “The Spritz Trail”- with selections of amaris from Italy, Switzerland, France and the United States. Each are crafted with sparkling water, prosecco and served with an orange wedge and a castelvetrano olive. Also featured is an international wine list, with all wines available by the glass, driven by General Manager, Alessandro Silvestri.

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Kangaroo In The Orchard

Conservatory’s Main Bar focuses on well-sourced ingredients, seasonality and classical technique. The main bar features a garden of fresh mint and other herbs displayed over the bartender’s heads to pull from and use in the guests cocktails. Cocktails from the main bar include Fellini Was Like A Watermelon with Campari, Dr. Zzyzx Rose Vodka, yellow Chartreuse, watermelon juice and grapefruit Radler, Kevin Lee Light with Comice Pear Absolut vodka, Sauvignon Blanc, grapefruit and lemon juice and honey and Kangaroo in the Orchard with Absolut vodka, vermouth de Chambrey blanc, apple schnapps and grapefruit oil.

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A Spritzy Little Painkiller

Society Room is dedicated to the art of the bar and the art of the bartender’s craft. Building on the Main Bar’s focus on ingredients, seasonality and classical technique, Society Room offers a slightly more curated experience, including modern techniques, specialty service pieces and an artistic flair.

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Kevin Lee Light

Examples of the cocktails offered in Society Room are Miso-War with Red Miso and maple butter Coffey grain Nikka, lemon, amaretto, pear eau de vie and charged water, Mayan Sharon with Cocoa Butter Altos Reposado, lemon and lime juice, Suze, orange flower water, and chocolate bitters and Cloudy With A Chance of Apples with Nigori Sake, strawberry Altos plata, honey, tamarind and Rekorderlig spiced apple cider.

Conservatory also hosts happy hour from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily and will soon offer brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Conservatory details

8289 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood; Conservatoryweho.com; @eatconservatory

 

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