Old Cat & Fiddle Space Coming Back In September As New Restaurant From Michelin-Starred Chef
April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman of iconic NYC restaurant The Spotted Pig are officially opening their Hollywood restaurant at the end of September in the old Cat & Fiddle Space. Eater confirmed the duo would open a restaurant in Los Angeles last November, shutting down rumors it would be a second Spotted Pig. Instead, as described to L.A. Magazine, it'll be a vegetable-focused (surprise, surprise, this is California) menu with spit-roasted game birds and whole animals.
The old Cat & Fiddle space was well-known for its patio seating, and Bloomfield and Friedman are incorporating the idyllic outdoor space into their restaurant. The building itself was built in the 1920s, and the restaurant's redesign will reflect its origins. L.A Mag describes "old vaulted wooden beams and glass skylights" in the interior and "succulents, climbing ivy, bougainvillea, citrus trees, and other native flora" decorating the patio. Safe to say it will be one of the most beautiful eating experiences in the city once it opens.
Bloomfield told L.A. Mag she plans to relocate to Los Angeles full-time rather than pursue a bicoastal lifestyle. Ken Friedman grew up in Los Angeles, so coming back is a return to his roots. They join several other NYC restaurateurs who have embraced L.A. for their next restaurant; David Chang and Jean-Georges Vongerichten, to name a couple. They also are reportedly getting some funding from the most famous NYC expats of all: Jay-Z and Beyoncé. The two are rumored to be on the list of investors, which wouldn't be a surprise considering Jay-Z is also an investor in The Spotted Pig.
The duo hopes to obtain a late-night serving permit in order to continue serving after midnight. Besides the likely-to-be incredible food, the restaurant will have a big bar with elegant cocktails and "vins de soif." It will be down the street from Gwen in a neighborhood otherwise devoid of high-quality food destinations.
The yet-to-be-named restaurant will be located at 6530 Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood.