When the Let’s Go! Disco and Cocktail Club opens subsequent to trendy pizza restaurant De La Nonna within the Arts District on December 13, visitors can count on to stroll by a portal of types to the Italian disco golf equipment of the ’70s and ’80s. It’s the second chapter for De La Nonna, a well-liked sq. pizza pop-up that went everlasting in November 2021 within the house that beforehand housed In Sheep’s Clothing at 710 East 4th Place.
The De La Nonna complicated comes from a trio of meals and beverage business veterans: Jose L. Cordon, beforehand the bar supervisor of Felix Trattoria; Lee Zaremba, previously the bar director for Chicago’s Boka Restaurant Group (together with Lady & the Goat); and Patrick Costa, beforehand the manager chef of the Hart and the Hunter. The restaurant is understood for its mini pan pizzas, uncooked bar, and Italian-style cocktails.
In Sheep’s Clothes was a Japanese-style hi-fi bar that paired vinyl information with cocktails, and there’s a widespread thread between Let’s Go and its predecessor. “It’s nonetheless a hi-fi bar,” says Cordon. “We needed to pay homage to the house and we’re nonetheless very a lot about sound and music. We’ve an analogous sound system, however truthfully, it’s a bit beefier.”
Cordon and Zaremba have been DJing for years, increase an inventory of music business contacts alongside the best way. On weekends, visitors can count on disco units from KCRW-FM DJ Jeremy Sole, Melody wine bar co-owner Eric Tucker, and people from labels like Pleasure of Love and CQQL Records. There shall be room for dancing, but additionally for sitting and having fun with the music. In the course of the weekdays, the vibe will shift to a extra relaxed cocktail membership atmosphere for sipping drinks and listening to tunes.
When the staff dreamt up the concept of Let’s Go, they imagined what it could be prefer to stay in a city on the southern coast of Italy. “In the event you had dinner on this little city, you’d most likely stroll down the road and run right into a discoteca in an area that’s a dancier cocktail membership,” says Cordon. “And with De La Nonna already feeling type of ’70s, it simply actually made sense to us to push that ahead.”
Heather Tierney (the Butcher’s Daughter, Wanderlust Design) designed De La Nonna to have parts of a grandmother’s eating room. There are wicker chairs, vibrant colours, leaf-patterned cubicles, and greenery all through the restaurant house. When visitors stroll as much as the doorway of the constructing, it results in a staircase: De La Nonna is to the left, and Let’s Go bar is to the fitting. “You stroll by the house alongside a multicolored glass brick wall that displays mild from the bar,” says Zaremba, including that visitors can even be capable of hear the music exterior as a teaser of what’s to come back.
The almost 2,500-square-foot bar boasts persimmon-hued arches and stucco partitions lined with neon lights. A disco ball — hanging from a ceiling with a checkerboard sample of gold mirrors and mahogany wooden panels — sparkles over a 30-foot-long inexperienced marble bar. Customized-made furnishings modeled after Italian architect and designer Mario Bellini’s sofas (resembling leather-covered marshmallows) and round mid-century fashionable cocktail tables make up the remainder of the seating.
Identical to with De La Nonna, Cordon and Zaremba are behind the cocktails at Let’s Go — they usually’re planning to go in opposition to the grain. “In my expertise, when individuals have opened a cool ’70s-themed something, there are at all times ’70s cocktails like Harvey Wallbangers, ice cream drinks, these sorts of issues. We is not going to be doing these,” says Zaremba. As a substitute, the staff shall be providing fashionable cocktails with Italian components like amaro and performs on Aperol spritz and Negroni. There’s an espresso martini; a saffron soda with Campari and white wine; and a smoky margarita with rhubarb, ginger, and mezcal; amongst others. The bar additionally boasts Italian wines, almost 20 kinds of amaro, and a few non-alcoholic drinks, together with glowing rosé and riesling “wines” and a zero-proof “Aperol” spritz. It joins a brand new development of Italian throwback bars in Los Angeles, like Eagle Rock’s standard aperitivo bar Capri Club, which opened in June.
There received’t be any meals served at Let’s Go, however in January, the house owners plan on opening a slice takeaway window exterior. “Will probably be actually handy for not simply visitors there, however anyone [in the area] who’s simply on the lookout for some late-night sustenance after they’re performed with their evening,” says Costa.
Let’s Go shall be many issues without delay, and it’s designed so that folks from totally different walks of life can benefit from the house. “[We want the bar to be] welcoming and inclusive, and never pretentious or bizarre,” says Zaremba. “We’re not attempting to create any distance between individuals; we’re attempting to shut that hole and have quite a lot of enjoyable alongside the best way between the music, the programming, the drinks, and the ambiance. We’re simply attempting to carry that spirit of Midwestern hospitality right here to this bar.”
The Let’s Go! Disco and Cocktail Membership shall be open Tuesday to Saturday from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.