Pretty impressed with the Valley recently, at least the southeast Sherman Oaks/Studio City area. In addition to the recently-opened & stylishTipple & Brine and it's rival On The Thirty & the lovely speakeasy Tunnel Bar, this is what's slated to open by end of summer on Ventura between Sepulveda on the West and Laurel on the East:
*The Tipsy Cow, gastropub burger bar (a bit redundant, but hey)
*at the site of Senor Fred's - Marlin and Ono Grille, a michelin-star aspiring menu (might be a bit tooooo much for the valley)
*at the site of Ole! Tapas, the Stout people are opening an as-of-yet-named Seafood Pub (interesting, kind of a fish answer to their burger spot but not sure how it will take)
*at the site of Smiles, Berkshire Tavern which is upscale gastropub
*at the site of Mad Bull's, Community Tavern which is a lower key 'tipple and brine' and basically the same as Mad Bull's
*at the site of Mr. Cecli's, The One Up will be an independent adult arcade in the mold of Dave & Busters, "only cooler"
and ready for this:
*at the site of Aaah's, a 3500 square foot Italian Restaurant project, Midici, from. . . wait for it. . .the CEO of Menchie's.
Anyway, interesting times for Valley denizens, but is ANYTHING enough to draw crowds from the other side of the hill?
'Sushi Row' used to be destination fishery for proto-foodies int he early to mid- 90's and Girasol in Studio City has individually pulled some crowds more recently but is it possible that Sherman Oaks becomes a destination?