As we suspected at the end of last month, David Lefevre is naming his new restaurant Manhattan Beach Post. Official word is in from LeFevre's team, who tells us the restaurant is coming to Manhattan Avenue in mid-April. Surprisingly, the out-and-proud "seafood geek" looks to be tired of scraping your shells and filleting your fish, as his new place will focus on much more, in an "eclectic" assortment of shared, rustic small plates, limited release wines, and handcrafted cocktails. The menu will be broken down into sections for bread, charcuterie, cheese and larders, veggie dishes, seafood dishes, and meat dishes, with nothing, not even the bread, being pushed to the side of the plate.
While Lefevre plans everything from pale ale battered halibut cheeks, Devil's Gulch rabbit with grilled figs, and Chinese long beans with chili-pork and Thai basil, the bread display already sounds like it will be a standout. LeFevre and crew will prepare stuff like bacon cheddar buttermilk biscuits with Vermont maple butter, grilled country bread, and sea salt and caraway pretzels with horseradish mustard, along with house-made pickles, mustards, preserves, and other larder-ready supplies. All of the dishes are meant to stand on their own and not as after-thoughts or sides. The restaurant will only serve dinner when it rolls out, with no word yet on whether it will expand to lunch hours.
LeFevre is a Manhattan Beach local and for his drink program, has brought in Mike Simms from the area's Simmzy's, Lazy Dog Cafe, and Tin Roof Bistro, who will work with G.M. Jerry Garbus. There will be a diverse group of five beers on tap, and twelve in the bottle, while ten hand-crafted cocktails with do the fresh fruit and juice, house-made syrup and preserved fruit thing that we've all come to expect.
The 100-seat restaurant is housed in a former post office (thus, the name) and has utilized architect Steve Jones to spiff up the space with exposed rafters, cement floors, reclaimed wood, communal tables, a beachy color scheme ripped from nearby lifeguard stands, and crazy additions like a vintage post office desk and volleyball posts as shelves. Sounds like LeFevre is having fun uniting the menu and room with his vision for this first solo venture, we can't wait to see what the talented chef brings to L.A. as he steps out into his own.
Manhattan Beach Post, 1142 Manhattan Ave. Manhattan Beach. 310-545-5405.