Chef Brendan Collins to Head Up Larry’s in Venice

Any chef who crafts and serves more than a dozen different types of charcuterie certainly can’t be satisfied with just one restaurant. Which is why we’re not all that surprised to hear that Brendan Collins of Waterloo & City is teaming up with the folks behind Venice’s Hotel Erwin to open Larry’s, right smack on the Venice Beach Boardwalk.

Twenty-six craft beers will accompany adventurous-sounding (though, again, this is Venice Beach) small plates like…BBQ eel and foie-gras terrine with Muscat gelee,; local halibut and scallop ceviche; green gazpacho topped with char-grilled squid salad, smoked almonds, and green grapes; zucchini blossom and shrimp morachas with seasoned black vinegar; and a brussels sprout pizza with Benton’s bacon, Parmesan, and chili vinegar.

Everything’s $15 and under, and apparently the ordering system will bear some semblance to a sushi bar—write what you want and how many directly on the menu. The design, which includes a retractable glass wall and an outdoor patio with fireplace, comes via Spacecraft, and shares the same inspiration as the restaurant’s name: minimalist local artist Larry Bell. Bell, who has been working prolifically since the 1960s, has painted a special “art wall” on the building’s exterior facing Windward Avenue. Sure, why not?

Right now opening date is being touted as “mid-August,” AKA super soon.  

24 Windward Ave.
Venice, CA 90291