Tommy’s Beverly Hills marked its grand opening at 235 N. Canon Drive with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Feb. 15 attended by Mayor Robert Wunderlich, Councilmember John Mirisch, and President and CEO of the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce, Todd Johnson. The new eatery comes from Tommy Salvatore, formerly the manager at Hollywood hot spot Craig’s in West Hollywood and the kitchen is helmed by Executive Chef Vartan Abgaryan.
Tommy’s occupies the old two-story Bouchon space at Beverly Canon Gardens, which closed in 2017.
“The entire team is so grateful for the opportunity to embark on this journey months in the making,” Salvatore told the Courier. “So far we’ve been thrilled to see old and new friends join us for lunch at the cafe or dinner in the main dining room. Our first customers have reacted very favorably to Executive Chef Vartan Abgaryan’s curation of dishes with Californian and Italian notes. We know we have big shoes to fill, and we look forward to welcoming this community of customers for many years to come.”
On the ground floor, the Cafe? at Tommy’s Beverly Hills offers a casual al fresco daytime dining experience, with tables throughout the portico. The upstairs includes a small lounge and a formal dining room with high ceilings, low lighting and a semi-circular dark green bar. The California-inspired Italian-influenced menu, available in the evening, features dishes such as crispy cauliflower, cacio e pepe fingerling potatoes, a wagyu pot roast, leafy salads, pastas and more.
“We’re happy to be able to welcome Tommy’s Beverly Hills, with its namesake Tommy Salvatore,” said Wunderlich. “Tommy has been a key person in the restaurant industry around the Los Angeles area for at least 13 years, bringing here the traditions of New York and Greenwich Village and the great Italian food that is in New York. I’ve had the opportunity to eat here already, so I can give a testament to how great the food is.”
Tommy’s Beverly Hills is already an active participant in the community, taking part in the city’s First Thursdays initiative and in Open BH. Opposite The Maybourne Beverly Hills, Tommy’s occupies a space owned by the City of Beverly Hills. While the Cafe? at Tommy’s opened officially on Jan. 31, the formal dining room upstairs is debuting this week.
“Thank you for bringing your vision here, and that vision does include a taste of past, and a 1950’s vibe, but positioning it for the future,” Wunderlich added.
“We are uber excited to have this restaurant open,” Johnson said. “We knew something special would come.”