Karen and Quinn Hatfield Open New Restaurant, The Sycamore Kitchen
Karen and Quinn Hatfield have taken a slow and steady approach to the expansion of their much-loved Los Angeles restaurants. When they outgrew their 50-seater restaurant in Hollywood, the duo then built their dream kitchen on Highland Boulevard -- a beautiful, modern dining room with an open kitchen that let diners view their close-knit, well-orchestrated team. Quinn handled the savory, and Karen the pastry. Their growth continues, and today the husband-and-wife team opened up The Sycamore Kitchen on La Brea, a neighborhood place with a more casual vibe (and price point).
As with their other restaurants, the focus will be on applying French technique to seasonal California produce. Karen's pastry will be the focus of the bakery, offering items like salted caramel babka, lemon polenta cakes, brioche tarts, and coconut peanut cookies. There will also be a selection of savory options like the bacon leek quiche, cheddar rosemary croisssants, and tomato gruyere focaccia. Coffee geeks in the area will get a kick out of the fact that those pastries will be served alongside Stumptown roasts.
Beyond the pastry program, they'll be serving breakfast, brunch, and lunch. Think gourmet sandwiches and salads as well as California-style riffs on breakfast classics like the eggs benny and buttermilk barley pancakes.
As for design, they've gone for a more industrial, rustic look. The interior is marked by the exposed brick walls and wood beams. There is an outdoor courtyard as well, which is great for brunch time activity. Great news for La Brea-ites indeed.