Restaurateur Franck Alix, who owns the 3rd Stop bar and co-owns the 1739 Public House in Los Feliz with Jessie Singh, is taking over the Louise's Trattoria space on Melrose. He plans on calling his new place Melgard Public House (it's located on the corner of Melrose and Gardner), and he hopes to open before the new year. His partner in this venture is Michel D. Keller, former director of operations for Wolfgang Puck catering.
Alix says he intends to stick with the same straight-forward approach that he uses at 1739: There will be a large selection of beers on tap (varying in quality from Pabst Blue Ribbon to Delirium); pizza will be served (most likely gratis during happy hour); the food will be no-nonsense American pub grub (fish and chips, macaroni and cheese, burgers); brunch will be served on weekends and lunch on Fridays; and there'll be enough flat-screen TVs to keep all sorts of sports fans satisfied.
Melgard Public House, 7505 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles.
-- Jessica Gelt
Photo: The fish and chips at 1739 Public House. Credit: Alex Gallardo / Los Angeles Times