After eighteen months under wraps to undergo a serious nip and tuck, Susan Disney Lord's Bel Air Bar & Grill reopened last Friday on Sepulveda at twice the size. The newly unveiled look includes a major aesthetic upgrade of the restaurant's guts, as well the addition of a second floor for private dining, with views of The Getty Center. Designed by Ralph Gentile + Architects (of 800 Degrees and Red O), the new restaurant inhabits a LEED Silver-certified space, set with a captivating two-story glass box entrance strewn with back-lit bougainvillea blossoms.
A new lounge of white-washed brick helps visitors take advantage of an expanded bar program of craft beers and wines-by-the-glass, while diners can adjourn to a more formal room with a fireplace or more casual climes with a cottage-feel. Other new additions include cork-walls to cut down on noise, concealed fixtures, bespoke chandeliers, work from students of Cal Art, and the implementing of a coffee shop, breakfast, and sandwich cafe called The Shack. Check out the full new menus online.
Bel Air Bar + Grill, 662 N. Sepulveda Blvd. Bel-Air; 310-440-5544.