A very busy Aidan Demarest dishes that his cocktail consulting business with Marcos Tello, Tello Demarest Liquid Assets, is currently working on the cocktail program for a new Latin-themed restaurant in North Hollywood called Bow & Truss.
"I think the NoHo Arts District might finally take off," says Demarest, who is also working on launching the cocktail program at Tom Bergin's in Mid-City. "Everybody has been saying that for years, but I think this could be the tipping point."
The feeling is shared by owner and Knitting Factory CEO Morgan Margolis, who also owns the nearby Federal Bar, which opened a little more than a year ago.
Bow & Truss, which is expected to soft-open by Memorial Day, claims Stefhanie Meyers as its chef (Rivera, Playa). Meyers is working on a menu with strong Spanish influences, including plenty of tapas and a nice variety of family-style plates. Scallops with saffron polenta and a seafood pot with sea bass, mussels, shrimp, clams and lobster are among the offerings.
The cocktail list will be "Spanish-Latin influenced, with plenty of sherries and brandies," Demarest says. To create the drinks, he and Tello did plenty of research about the early Spanish influence on California.
Bow & Truss, 11122 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood.
Photo: The scallops at Bow & Truss. Credit: Bow & Truss