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The Federal Bar brings tasty bites to North Hollywood

January 26, 2011 |  8:02 am

TheFederal North Hollywood will get a shiny new gastropub when the Federal Bar celebrates its grand opening on Thursday. Located in a bank building that originally opened in 1926, the space was formerly a club called the Bank Heist, which was destroyed by fire in early 2008.

Its new incarnation comes courtesy of Knitting Factory Entertainment CEO Morgan Margolis, who says that he's wanted to open a place like it for more than 20 years. His dreams come true this week as the two-story bar and restaurant swings its doors open on a retro interior tailor-made for L.A.'s current obsession with Prohibition-era speakeasy style.

Exposed brick, a brass-framed entry, white tiles, antique lights, leather booths, pressed tin panels and loads of dark wood make for a grand space with a very vintage feel. The upstairs area is currently for special events and parties, but the Knitting Factory knows music and will likely begin booking some solid live music shows.

The New American-style menu was created by Louis Fuentes and Shad Davis (the Belmont, the Counter) and includes wild turkey meatballs; IPA spare ribs with melted leeks; red wine-poached halibut over roasted root vegetables and fries with sea salt and herbs.

To drink? A full bar as well as more than 20 craft beers including Allagash Black, Telegraph White Ale and Stone IPA.

The Federal Bar, 5303 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. (818) 980-2555; www.thefederalbar.com

--Jessica Gelt  

Photo courtesy of Knitting Factory Entertainment