Bunker Hill is really on the cusp of achieving some great critical mass. Not only is the very much anticipated Broad museum opening in late 2015, but one of downtown’s most luxurious new residential properties, The Emerson, opened earlier this month with its first resident move-ins (take a lovely tour inside via Curbed LA). Developed by Related California, the upscale 19-story rental property located adjacent to The Broad is chock-full of amenities from a penthouse lounge with an outdoor terrace to a state-of-the-art media room and library next to a fully equipped fitness center with steam and yoga rooms. Now Emerson residents will have one more thing to brag about: Renowned Italian Chef Agostino Sciandri will be opening Vespaio on the ground floor of The Emerson.
Vespaio will offer classic Italian cuisine with a modern twist emphasizing fresh and seasonal ingredients. It will be housed in a beautifully designed and expansive 5,500 square foot space facing (and activating) Grand Ave. There will be plenty of outdoor patio seating under a retractable roof with more seating placed near the new Broad museum park, which imported and planted fifteen 100-year-old olive trees from Northern California.
Vespaio will be open all day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner with happy hour specials and weekend brunches. A take-out section will allow for grab-and-go perfect for Bunker Hill’s large office population. In addition, there are plans to have an extensive pastry, bread, and cheese selection, which will be displayed openly within the restaurant. A full bar will also be incorporated offering cocktails prepared with fresh pressed juices as well as hand selected wines from around the world.
Sciandri from Tuscany, Italy came to Los Angeles in 1985 and has established himself as one of LA’s most acclaimed chefs through his successful Ago flagship restaurant in West Hollywood. Vespaio in Downtown LA will actually be his 6th restaurant under his ownership and management. His other LA restaurants include Toscanova in Century City and Calabasas, Sor Tino in Brentwood, and Caffe Roma in Beverly Hills.
Vespaio is currently under construction and is aiming to open by the end of the year but more likely early next year.