A new Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse is coming to Los Angeles Feb. 9, the second California location for the steak-house chain. A total of 13 Double Eagles have a Wine Spectator Restaurant Award, including a Grand Award winner in New York. The parent company also owns the Del Frisco's Grille and Barcelona Wine Bar concepts.
The L.A. outpost is in a two-story space in Westfield Century City, a recently renovated mall just outside Beverly Hills. It boasts the largest opening wine list for the brand, with more than 2,000 selections and 45 wines by the glass, including 15 available via Coravin. While wines from California are a typical focus for the steak house, wine director Mandy Sparacino aims to provide a diverse, international program.
"Our guests expect to find the most rare and allocated wines in the world at our locations, and L.A. is definitely not going to be an exception," Sparacino said. "Our New York location is kind of our heartbeat on the East Coast, and we plan to be that heartbeat on the West Coast."
Standout verticals will include more than 38 vintages of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti and 45 vintages of Gaja. There's also a solid selection of large-format bottles and half-bottles. Bubblies will be emphasized as well, with a designated Champagne lounge on the second floor.
Sparacino expects the list to grow with time. She says diners can look forward to high-profile wine dinners and an upcoming Sherry program.
On Jan. 8, celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse launched his first New York City restaurant, Rodos, in Chelsea's Hotel Henri. It's also the first concept of a new consulting division of Lagasse's company, We Love Food Hospitality, and a collaboration with restaurateur Yiannis Chatiris, whose Greek home island of Rhodes inspired the restaurant's name. The menu blends Chatiris' heritage with Lagasse's signature Cajun-Creole style, featuring dishes like octopus beignets and crawfish-stuffed clams.
The wine list includes more than 60 selections with 13 available by the glass, highlighting Greek producers like Hatzimichalis and Evangelos Tsantalis. France, Italy, Spain and the United States are also represented.
Lagasse is known for more extensive wine programs in many of his restaurants, such as his two Grand Award winners, Delmonico Steakhouse in Las Vegas and Emeril's New Orleans, as well as five Best of Award of Excellence winners in Las Vegas, New Orleans, Florida and Pennsylvania.
Aquaknox and Public House, two Award of Excellence winners in Las Vegas' Venetian resort, have closed.
Seafood restaurant Aquaknox had a 335-selection wine list with strengths in California and France. The concept was part of Tavistock Restaurant Collection, which includes Best of Award of Excellence winners Abe & Louie's in Boston and Atlas in Atlanta, as well as six Award of Excellence winners across the country.
Public House featured American cuisine and a 310-selection, California-focused wine list. The restaurant is also part of a Restaurant Award–winning group, Billy Richardson's Gen3 Hospitality, which owns Best of Award of Excellence winner the Barrymore in Las Vegas.
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