A change is as good as a rest, so the saying goes, but popular Los Angeles watering hole The Hudson has managed to have both. After a three week closure, the local drink and dine spot has returned, much to the delight of its WeHo clientele, with not only a brand new look, but also a revamped round-up of all-American and fusion favourite dishes, and a reworked beverage program by Mia Sarazen.
On the cosmetic side, an exposed wooden A-frame ceiling opens the space up and sets the rustic mood (as do the pre-existing 50-foot trees that remain dramatically growing up through the floorboards – beanstalk-style), while distressed metal furniture, creamy tufted leather banquettes and Edison bulbs offer a 1920s vintage inflection.
On the plate, chef Conrad Woodul’s dinner menu of share and small dishes runs the gamut from comfort food classics (mac n’ cheese, crispy chicken sliders, The Hudson burger) to more zesty, market-focused offerings (jicama and short rib tacos, moules frites, tuscan kale salad). In addition to a revolving selection of craft microbrews like Dale’s Pale Ale, Sarazen’s drink upgrade also features a succinct collection of signature cocktails including the sassily-monikered Midwest Monk, blending Templeton rye, Carpano, Anita vermouth, Benedictine Miracle Mile candy and cap bitters. Hudson, welcome back.