George Abou-Daoud is on quite a winning streak. With the Bowery, Mission Cantina and Delancey under his belt,
the N.Y.C. transplant has created some of Hollywood’s most
inviting taverns. Now, he's poised to strike again with Mercantile, slated to open at
6600 Sunset Blvd. in early September. And this time he’s bringing along critically acclaimed
chef Kris Morningstar (Blue Velvet, A.O.C., Patina) along for the ride.
“It’s equal parts gourmet marketplace, daytime café and nighttime
wine bar,” says Abou-Daoud,
who describes the space as having an “urban-country,
old-world feel with high ceilings, original brick walls, raw wood accents and a carbon steel-topped bar.” There are also
glass cases displaying charcuterie, cheese, salads and sandwiches as well as shelves
stocked with wine, dried pasta, olives and mustard.
Expect a menu of classics with
an “artisanal spin.” For example: a pumpkin-seed butter and preserves sandwich served
on country white bread; or a Reuben
made with pastrami, Gruyère, house-made sauce and sauerkraut slaw on Russian rye bread.
In addition, Abou-Daoud promises a global
selection of wines, with glasses starting at $7.
What about District, the restaurant
opening next door to Mercantile? Abou-Daoud and Morningstar are opening that
together too, and they say to expect seasonal bistro fare and creative cocktails. We’re
especially curious to taste the sea urchin and bay scallop gratin.
Alexandra Le Tellier
Photo: Abou-Daoud's Delancey and Mission Cantina reside next door to each other, just as Mercantile and District will. Credit: DeeDee DeGelia for Metromix