The Chalet becomes the Black Boar (which sells all its beer for $5)
Chalet owners Will Shamlian (4100 bar, Library bar) and Aaron Chepenik (the Griffin) have remodeled, recast and renamed Eagle Rock's Chalet. Rather than being a classy little boite where martinis seemed very much the thing, it's now an English-style pub called the Black Boar. It soft-opened on Monday but is celebrating its official coming-out party this evening.
Reps for the bar say that Shamlian and Chepenik decided on the new look because they wanted to make the bar more everyday: "The area didn't really have anything casual." If casual means low-cost, then the Black Boar is indeed casual. The eight beers on draft and six in bottles are all priced at $5. Choices include Strong Bow Cider, Murphy's, Hoegaarden, Harp, Old Speckled Hen and Stella.
Inside, the carpet has been taken up to reveal unfinished hardwood floors, and old English-style farmhouse chairs and tables. Thankfully the fireplace is still there, as is the jukebox loaded with tunes including "Passion Pit to the Damned." There are also three LCD TV screens equipped with the Euro Sports package (for that early morning soccer match). Food isn't available, but you can bring in whatever you want. Hello Oinkster!
-- Jessica Gelt
Photo: Hoegaarden is one of 14 beers that sell for $5 at the Black Boar. Credit: Courtney Hergesheimer/ Los Angeles Times