Summer may be but a distant memory, but it’s always sunny at Lettuce Entertain You’s latest restaurant, Summer House Santa Monica. A beachy California vibe pervades both the décor and cuisine of the new Lincoln Park spot, owned by RJ, Jerrod and Molly Melman, along with chefs and partners Jeff Mahin (M Street Kitchen, Stella Barra) and Francis Brennan (L2O, Do-Rite Donuts).
Don’t tell the host who’s making the turkey, but let’s be honest: Thanksgiving is all about the sides.
For Rene De Leon, launching The Dawson was a completely new challenge. “The type of food here is different,” explains the executive chef of the new River West restaurant. “I’ve been at Michelin-starred restaurants for most of my career — I need to figure out how to use what I’ve learned to make this a cool place and a special place to come at the same time.”