This Friday, The 1933 Group will replace its Saints & Sinners with Oldfield's Liquor Room, named for Barney Oldfield, an early 20th century racer who could not say no to speed and has long been a hero to Bobby Green, the space's owner, designer, and himself a land speed racer. Seasonal changing menus here will be directed by Chester Hastings, author of Cheesemonger's Kitchen and the cheese pro from Joan's on Third, with the inspiration being simple bocadillos from Spanish tapas bars. Oldfield's has even tapped a local baker for the spot's own ficelle bread to serve as the base. To start, expect tastes like Fra'mani ham with black cherry jam and farm butter and Challerhocker cheese with rosemary and apricot mostarda. And to drink?
The cocktail selection has been crafted by a union of local mixologists and will be lead by head bartender and bar manager Jared Holt. Holt has secured Aaron Stepka from Rivera and A-Frame, Armando Conway from La Descarga and The Abbey, and Robin Jackson from Albany's Club Mallard to together compose a menu of 20 classic cocktails, all based on the themes of racing and this prominent Barney Oldfield obsession.
Everything is on the table for the historic drinks, including fresh juices, sorbets, infusions, and homemade jams. And just to add some real vehicles to the race, food trucks will soon be scheduled in front of the new lounge in the weeks to come.
Oldfield's Liquor Room, grand-opens this Friday, October 21st, at 5:00 P.M. at 10899 Venice Blvd. Culver City.
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