If you’ve been in the iconic Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills (A Four Seasons Hotel) recently, you may have noticed that the space opposite Cut restaurant that housed the popular watering hole Sidebar has been boarded over. A notice on the front of the plywood promises “something new”. According to a representative, the something new will now be called Cut Lounge. It looks like everything is getting a makeover: There will be new décor, new cocktails, and a new menu. They’re intending on unveiling everything on November 14th.
I recently noticed that signs are up in the window of a tiny space at 412 N. Bedford in Beverly Hills that used to house a hair salon announcing that West Hollywood’s Rawberri will soon be bringing raw acai bowls to the land of Spago, Cut, and Mr. Chow. Rawberri offers a menu of superfruit bowls that are organic, dairy free, gluten-free, and soy free. But that’s not all. They will also be the first vendor in the US serve Australia’s CocoWhip. What’s CocoWhip, you ask? A vegan and bio-fermented coconut soft serve frozen yogurt that comes in flavors such as matcha slim, and cacao bliss. No word on when this temple of Hygeia will open, but in the mean time, check out their website here.
If you’ve been following this blog regularly (and I much appreciate those of you that do), then you know that occasionally, I corner Wolfgang Puck and press him for news. Most recently I caught up with him a couple of weeks ago and posted this: http://wp.me/pIwAN-l8. He had described to me how he was anticipating opening his newest Cut at the Dorchester in London helmed by Spago alum David McIntyre on August 22nd, in addition to a new Mediterranean restaurant opening in Oct./Nov.at the freshly tarted-up Hotel Bel Air. Clarification came this week from the Dorchester Collection PR people in the form of an extremely polite email. Apparently, Wolfie’s newest in London is referred to as Cut at 45 Park Lane. Puck’s first European restaurant will not actually be in the Dorchester, but will debut in a sister property, the Dorchester Collection at, you guessed it, 45 Park Lane in the heart of Mayfair. And, it looks like we’re looking for a summer opening. I hope this clears the matter up for now…
The Puck empire continues to grow. I got a chance to catch up with Wolfgang Puck recently. He’s getting ready of open his newest branch of Cut at the famed Dorchester Hotel in London. To man the prestigious location, he’s sent over David McIntyre from Spago and WP24 as head chef. The new restaurant will have a different, bigger menu from the Beverly Hills location which will feature local and continental produce and meats and they will be serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. As of right now, the opening date is set for August 22nd, but Wolfgang explained that it may get pushed back.
In other Puck news, he’s looking to open his still mysterious restaurant in the freshly remodeled Hotel Bel Air in October or November of this year. Still not much news, but I did learn the menu will be “mediterranean”.
UPDATE: Clarification on this information came in the form of an email from the Dorchester Group PR people. Read the facts (so far) about Cut in London in this updated post: https://toddrickallen.com/2011/04/29/update-on-cut-london/.