BUGATTA, A NEW NEIGBORHOOD RESTAURANT & BAR,
DEBUTED WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26TH
BUGATTA Brings A Thrilling Experience To Hollywood
In The Heart Of The Energetic Melrose Strip
Melrose Avenue gets a sophisticated new nightlife destination with the opening of Bugatta Restaurant & Bar. Previously The Bungalow Club, owner Anat Escher decided to close her flagship establishment (Escher also owns Barbarella Neighborhood Bar & Kitchen in Silverlake) after 10 successful years. Now, after several months of renovation, Ms. Escher and TBC Management are ready to introduce an exciting new restaurant and bar.
“The neighborhood has changed and the timing seemed right to start a new adventure,” explains Ms. Escher. “I felt after 10 years, it was time to head in a new direction—to create something relaxed and contemporary yet urbane and sophisticated. Bugatta captures the essence of what locals want, a great bar and lounge, amazing outdoor patio and a restaurant that’s elegant yet casual.”
Ms. Escher designed the interiors herself. Expansive doors now open up to the bustling corner of Melrose and Formosa giving an immediate urban feel, while intimate patio seating welcomes patrons in. Upon entering the chic lounge area, a spacious bar seats up to 20 and is flanked by dark metallic leather booth seating with custom made tables -- a perfect gathering place for after work cocktails or dinner with friends.
The atmospheric outdoor restaurant & lounge contrasts with its airy, lofty feel. Intimate cabanas are swanked with light fabrics and mood lighting. White washed floors, custom made tables, casual bamboo chairs and white leather booths fill the middle of the open-air lounge. A white sheer canopy above allows in the shimmering moonlight.
The menu is designed to be a shared and social experience. Bugatta offers a wide array of tapas style choices; highlights include sushi grade Ahi Poke and the refreshing Corn Mango Salsa Atop the Jumbo Lump Crab Cake. There are 4 different bruschetta options; the stand-out is the Fig Pistachio with Red Wine Pomegranate Figs & Pistachio Butter. Savory Skewers are featured with 4 different selections as well, the most popular being the Fillet Mignon with Cherry Tomatoes and a Red Wine Demi Sauce. The menu also offers generous sushi rolls, ranging from Spicy Tuna to Shrimp Tempura and the exceptional Tropical Roll. Large dish options include Pan Roasted Chicken Breast; sweet potato puree, sauté spinach, caramelized onions & arugula chips, and the King Salmon; roasted mushroom risotto, chardonnay bur blanc. Various grilled steaks are available as well as the Thai Noodle Fillet Mignon.
“We created this menu concept to satisfy the needs and preferences of all types of diners,” comments TBC Executive Chef, Sean Poplar.
Featured cocktails include the $10- 10oz martini, highlights are the Elderflower Gimlet; botanical gin and St. Germaine Elderflower Liqueur and the Lavender Cosmo; citrus vodka, Cointreau, lavender syrup, lime & cranberry juice. Other specialty cocktails, offered at $8, include Bugatta’s signature Homemade Sangria and the Jalapeño Twist; tequila, orange liqueur, muddled jalapeño, lemon juice, ginger syrup, orange juice, splash of soda. A large selection of beer on tap and a carefully curated wine list are offered as well.
Bugatta offers one of the city’s best Happy Hours. Generous hand crafted cocktails and premium wines are offered at $6, artisan beers for $4, from 4pm-7pm Monday to Saturday.
Hours of operation:
Monday to Wednesday 4pm -11pm; Thursday 4pm – 12am
Friday & Saturday 4pm – 2am; kitchen open late
Sunday closed for private events & weddings
Happy Hour: Daily 4pm – 7pm, featuring $6 signature drinks and martinis.