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Scene Setter: Breezy escape at La Vida in Hollywood


There's little that evokes a feeling of old Hollywood glamour better than dining in the shadow of the Sunset Gower sign. Painted on the side of one of that studio's sprawling sound stages, the sign crowns the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Gower Street and peers into the lush patio of La Vida, a new Spanish-influenced restaurant opened by night-life guru Chris Breed and his Sunset Entertainment Group. "I want to make people forget they're in L.A.," says Breed. "It's just off Sunset Boulevard and all that madness, but when you step inside you can kind of just transform." Read more here.

Photo credit: The crowning achievement La Vida's redesigned space is the spacious front patio. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

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