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Scene It Before: Bäco Mercat from “The Other Woman”
The downtown eatery makes a brief appearance in the comedy, which was released on DVD last week
The Other Woman is easily my favorite movie of 2014 (well, so far, at least). The story, which centers on the unlikely friendship between a wife (Leslie Mann) and her husband’s two mistresses (Cameron Diaz and Kate Upton), not only delivers laughs, it’s also surprisingly heartwarming. I loved every minute of it, especially because it reminded me quite a bit of another of my favorite comedies, The First Wives Club. So when the flick was released on DVD last week, I was one of the first in line to buy it (OK, so critics didn’t rate the film as high as I did). For me, The Other Woman proved just as great the second time around. In fact, my only complaint is that it was shot almost entirely in New York (with a few key scenes lensed in the Bahamas), making it rather hard for me to stalk any of its locations.
I did some research on its locales regardless and managed to dig up a few. The members-only Quogue Beach Club at 130 Dune Rd. in the Hamptons is where Upton jogs along the shoreline in a barely-there white bikini, Taylor Kinney’s dreamy beach house is at 37B Dune Rd. in East Quogue, and Mann’s “Connecticut” home is at 4 Plymouth Rd. in Harrison.
But I was most excited to discover—thanks to these paparazzi photos—one location closer to home. As it turns out, Los Angeles does make an appearance in The Other Woman, albeit a very brief one. In late February, downtown L.A. was the site of a reshoot. In the scene, which occurs during the beginning of The Other Woman, Mann calls her husband (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), to remind him of a dinner party they are scheduled to attend. The bit took place in front of Bäco Mercat (Nikolaj’s side of the conversation was also filmed in L.A. at the Bank of America Plaza.)
Bäco Mercat was founded by James Beard-nominated chef Josef Centeno in 2011 and is named for the baco-style bread used in its signature flatbread sandwiches. Los Angeles magazine named the Spanish/Mediterranean eatery one of the Top 10 Best New Restaurants in 2012.
Only the exterior of Bäco Mercat can be seen in The Other Woman, but the industrial interior, with its exposed ductwork, low-hanging Edison light fixtures, and unfinished wooden tables, would translate beautifully to the screen. I’m sure it won’t be long before it pops up in more productions. In the meantime, the place’s front patio looks like the perfect spot to spend a warm summer afternoon, the few that we have left, anyway.
Photos: A screen capture from The Other Woman (top) and a photograph of Bäco Mercat taken in July 2014, courtesy of Lindsay Blake (bottom).
Lindsay Blake is an actress, writer, celebrity admirer and Los Angeles enthusiast who contributes to CityThink each Thursday. Her true love is filming locations, and she founded the Web site IAMNOTASTALKER in 2007 to document her vast findings on the subject. For more “stalking” fun, you can follow Lindsay on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.