Neal Fraser, the celebrated L.A. chef best known for Grace and BLD, will soft-open his highly anticipated Redbird tonight. The restaurant in the rectory building of Downtown’s grand Vibiana event space will, not surprisingly, serve market-driven, seasonal dishes. The modern American menu, which is subject to change, includes a delicata squash salad and a duo of beef featuring New York strip steak and short ribs with kale “croutons,” confit potatoes, and parmesan fondue.
Limited reservations for the full dinner menu in the main dining room, open Tuesdays through Saturdays for the time being, are now available by phone. The wraparound indoor/outdoor bar, which will serve small plates, and a lounge for drinks are available for walk-ins. When Redbird officially opens on January 7, Fraser’s full dinner menu will be served throughout the restaurant, which will also open on Sundays. Lunch and Sunday brunch will be added early next year.
Redbird, a collaboration between the chef, his wife/longtime business partner Amy Knoll Fraser, and prolific restaurateur Bill Chait, is Fraser’s new flagship, the restaurant he’s been working to open since fine-dining destination Grace closed in 2010.
In addition to Fraser’s food, Redbird will showcase cocktails from Julian Cox and Tobin Shea, as well as an elaborate design with a courtyard dining room featuring a retractable ceiling.
Fraser is clearly in expansion mode. He’s working to open ICDC, an ice cream/donut/coffee shop adjacent to BLD on Beverly Boulevard, and he has plans for another BLD at LAX.