Los Angeles’ history echoes at Cole’s, Originator of the French Dip, housed since 1908 in the hollow of the Pacific Electric building, once the nucleus of the Pacific Electric railway network. At its peak, 100,000 Angelenos passed through the downtown hub daily, many of them stopping to sample the restaurant’s famed French Dips and cold pints.
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Cole’s, Los Angeles’ oldest public house, evokes the spirit of saloons that dotted the west in the early 1900’s. Original glass lighting, Penny tile floors, historic photos, and the welcoming 40-foot mahogany bar were preserved in the recent $1,600,000 yearlong restoration of the cherished LA landmark.
Neal Fraser, acclaimed Los Angeles chef and master of New American cuisine is Cole’s Consulting Chef. Executive chef Michael Dinon commands Cole’s new state-of-the-art kitchen. A carving station and carving chef greet customers as they enter the dining room. The savory aroma of sliced-by-hand to-order French Dips au Jus, recall an era when personalized service reigned. Fresh slices of house made seasonal pies are offered for dessert.
Draft beer and an ample selection of wine and spirits are served from 11am daily in Cole’s Historic Bar, managed by Raul Yrastrorza. Cole’s will also specialize in perfectly executed classic cocktails. Master craftsmen and classic cocktail connoisseurs Sasha Petraske and Eric Alperin, consult on Cole’s drink program and oversee its specialty cocktails service.