ECHO PARK — After being shut down for more than a year, the former Red Hill restaurant on Echo Park Avenue is scheduled to reopen on Thursday as The Whisperer, which will feature a “vintage radio style” as well as a late-night kitchen open until 1 a.m. every day.
Co-owner Dion Antic has spearheaded the makeover of the space at the corner of Echo Park Avenue and Montana Street. The former Phoenix Bakery building was converted into Red Hill in 2011. But Red Hill closed abruptly at the end of December 2014. Since then, passersby have been curious as to what’s been going on as the building was repainted black and the words “Secrets Told Here …” written on the side of the building.
Antic, who has run and remade restaurants in Chicago, said in a press release that patrons at The Whisperer will be able to buy wine by the glass and bottle, with drink prices ranging between $7 to $14. Several craft beers will be available on tap and by the can.
There will also be music to drink by, with Piper Ingram curating play lists and hosting shows from an upstairs studio.
For the food, Antic has teamed up with Jennyfer Rodgers and chef Al Gordon of Community restaurant in Los Feliz to come up with some new takes on comfort food. Menu items include a $14 patty melt made with brisket, chuck and sirloin and the $17 Lemon Butter Pasta with Chicken – a signature dish from one of Antic’s former Chicago restaurants, IGGY’S.
So, what is “vintage radio style”? Echo Park will soon find out.
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