Cedd Moses told Eating L.A. that he's doing his new restaurant on the first floor of Seven Grand, his Downtown whiskey bar, with Neal Fraser of Grace and BLD. The spot was once Clifton's Silver Spoon Cafeteria, but Moses' new restaurant will be rather more upscale, emphasizing steaks and game. Moses says the original murals from when the building opened as a jewelry store are still intact. Game downstairs, whiskey upstairs...sounds muy macho!
Moses also says his redo of the venerable Cole's should be ready by January for the French dip originator's 100th anniversary. Fraser will also consult on the Cole's menu -- keeping the French dips but adding braised meats, prime rib and artisanal mustards for tavern-type feeling. A patio will be added outside (panhandlers, sign up now), and he says they've found one of the original cocktail menus from back in the day. Moses promises the interior will remain more or less intact but with a good scrubbin'.