Gardner Junction

1451 N Gardner St.
West Hollywood, California
323-450-9021
Gardner Junction

Gardner Junction

The walls are finally down on the long-under-construction corner of Sunset Boulevard and Gardner Avenue -- and boy is the new restaurant there pretty. Gardner Junction, which opens today, is a project three years in the making. With a menu from chef and owner Steve Brown (Inn of the Seventh Ray, Monsieur Marcel), it replaces Rainforest Pizza & Hookah Bar on an awkward triangular plot of land which once housed an old Red Car trolley station. Taking inspiration from the location's transit past, the firm Spacecraft custom-designed Gardner Junction with elements of steampunk-train life, from the working clock tower that now sits guard over the intersection to the lanterns hanging over the bar to the low-slung vaulted ceilings in the dining room. But Brown's menu is nothing like anything you'd find in an actual train station. Featuring a shared-plate format, it includes 20 detailed dishes rotating every six weeks depending on whatever produce he finds at the Santa Monica and Hollywood farmers markets. He has also already started his own organic garden, visible from the dining room, in the neighboring property.

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