We recently pondered who was going to fill those massive family-style restaurant spaces along West Washington Blvd. and this weekend signage for Waterloo & City popped up at the old site of Crest House. Add one more bistro and one more gastro-pub to the perpetually growing list, this time rolled conveniently into one with a French/Italian menu and the signatures of owners Thierry Perez of Fraiche and Carlos Tomazos of Manhattan's Gossip Girl-mecca Gilt and Thomas Keller's Per Se. So, who's cooking and what's inside?
Eater confirms the chef will be Brendan Collins, formerly chef de cuisine at Anisette and more recently at The Hall at Palihouse, with a resume that includes London's Le Gavroche and The Heights in his native Britain. We took a peek inside today to find loose church pews and blue and white toile wallpaper going up, though much is still under construction (photo below).
The name "Waterloo & City" is risky, if not confounding, but the location could prove huge for Westside Los Angeles, coming in at a stretch of Culver City below quiet Mar Vista that has no destination restaurants and little nightlife. If successful, "WC" (which we could come to call it), could prove an essential hospitality link between the booming section of Culver City and antics to be had along the seaside and Abbot-Kinney. Stay tuned to find out and see a photo of Waterloo's interior-in-the-making below. UPDATE: Eater reports that Thierry Perez has severed his ties to Waterloo & City.