There’s a new show in Tinseltown and its name is Gwen. “Hollywood used to have this allure, and I feel like the community can bring it back,” says Australian chef Curtis Stone, whose new restaurant is up- ping the fine-dining ante on Sunset Boulevard. The high ceilings and gracious volume of 4,500 square feet give the brasserie the air of a grand art deco theater, where the audience watches Stone dramatically prepare fire-cooked meats in the open kitchen.
The 1926 building is furnished with decadent materials like velvet and cop- per that mix with crystal chandeliers and stained glass, a nod to the area’s glamorous 20th-century movie palaces. “Dining out should be an exciting event that
moves the guest emotionally,” says Oliver Haslegrave, half of the sibling duo behind Home Studios, the Brooklyn firm that Stone and his co-owner brother Luke tapped for the project. On their home turf, the Haslegrave brothers are known for creating hits like Tørst beer bar and the Michelin-starred Luksus hidden behind it, beloved Williamsburg cocktail bar Donna, and lauded downtown bistro Rebelle. Lately, though, the upstart firm has been branching out in cities like Knoxville, Tennessee and New Orleans, where they designed an oyster bar for the new Ace Hotel, and now L.A., bringing their end-to-end, holistic process to larger and more ambitious projects.