Nancy Silverton (Mozza) and Amy Pressman (formerly of Pasadena’s Old Town Bakery) are taking over the kitchen tonight at Canelé in Atwater Village. The dinner is a sort of trial run and investor preview for a prospective burger bar concept that the two hope to open in the old Dupar’s bakery space. (Note: NOT Dupar’s. This is the vacant bakery space on the corner of Third and Fairfax.)
“The Farmer’s Market people are talking about letting me build a patio up on the roof, sort of a crow’s nest. We hope to have a really cool bar with great beers and wines, both on tap,” says Pressman. “Oh, and milkshakes—those will be a big part.”
For now, the restaurant is being called Grass Burger, but Pressman’s not sure she’s going with it. “The whole concept is green and sustainable—that’s why we’re using all Sonoma grass-fed meat.”
Tonight’s menu is a $35 three-course prix-fixe dinner:
First course: A Weiser Farms melon salad with Cowgirl Creamery cottage cheese
Second Course: A frisée lardon burger or a traditional cheeseburger
Third Course: Fig, milk chocolate, bourbon ice cream with cashew butter cookies
The dinner goes from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and tables are first come first serve. Just the name “Silverton” draws big enough crowds these days. Throw in the word “burgers” and expect a swarm. I’ll be lining up at 5.