What do a former cathedral, a celebrated chef and a reinvented bloody Mary have in common? The multifaceted restaurant, Redbird, to call home. When Sunday rolls around, Redbird’s sophisticated ambiance dials brunch up a few notches. Located in Downtown Los Angeles, Redbird is owned by husband and wife Chef Neil Fraser and Amy Knoll Fraser and was built as an ode to Southern California.
Redbird is located in Vibiana, a former cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles. As one of the oldest buildings in Los Angeles, it's grand historic space could only be enhanced by designer Robert Weimer and owner Amy Knoll Fraser. The design of the two dining rooms and the 24 person bar took six years to complete. The design details are the cherry on top: marble bar countertops, pink booths, gold motifs, black industrial beams, curved windows and an open patio. The modern look and warm tones pays homage to Southern California's cool sensibilities.
The city of Los Angeles has been waiting for the opening of Redbird since Chef Neil Fraser and Amy Knoll Fraser closed their restaurant, Grace, in 2010. Chef Neil Fraser, who has worked under Wolfgang Puck and has competed in Top Chef Masters amongst other television culinary competitions, created a Modern American menu inspired by the multi-cultural dwellers of Los Angeles, his hometown. His brunch standouts include the Brioche Doughnut, Foie Gras Torchon, Basque Baked Eggs and Shrimp & Grits. Go ahead, treat yourself.
Bar director Tobin Shea puts a flavorful spin on brunch's classic craft cocktails. Their Modern Mary is a lighter version of a bloody Mary with clarified juice as the base so that you don't leave with a heavy stomach. While the Venetian Spritz and Grace’s Cup also look pretty divine, why not be adventurous and order the Bartender’s Choice? With Shea in charge, you're guaranteed something unique and refreshing.