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Hollywood's Hudson Bistro now open in 'soft' mode

October 21, 2008 |  4:19 pm

Formerly Lift, Hudson Bistro brings a brand new concept to the corner of Hollywood and Hudson. Modeled after an East Coast sports bar, the small restaurant boasts exposed brick walls, checkered tablecloths, multiple plasma television sets and a sports fan-friendly menu.

What to expect at Hudson? The cozy find (nearby Hollywood Billiards is about 10 times as big) serves up appetizers for "the big game" -- spicy chicken wings, burgers, etc. But the tourist-friendly venue also offers up a few surprises, such as Elvis' favorite sandwich, peanut butter and fried banana on wheat bread. There are also several tables on Hollywood Boulevard for outdoor dining.

"We're going to be getting all the major sports packages soon," new co-owner Robert Palmer says. Palmer wants to lure European tourists during the day with soccer games featuring popular clubs such as Real Madrid. Naturally, you can always catch an NFL game here in the meantime.

Those seeking more exclusivity can head downstairs (if you can find the speakeasy-like entrance, that is) on a weekend night to Palmer's Hush Lounge (formerly 86).

Expect a grand opening next month, and look for a few wild nights here on weekends... Hudson is already open until 4 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights if crowds are in the area and hungry enough after drinking at Hollywood bars.

Hudson Bistro, 6533 Hollywood Blvd., (323) 469-1848.

-- Charlie Amter

Photo by Charlie Amter