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Chef Brendan Collins Branches Out with Larry's; Opens in August in Venice

Waterloo & City chef/partner Brendan Collins is branching out. The British-born chef known for his "meat on meat crime" and his Waterloo partner, Carolos Tomazos, have teamed with Hotel Erwin's Mark and Erwin Sokol to open a Larry's (@larrysvenice), a casual neighborhood eatery where none of the dishes cost more than $15.

Opening later this month, Larry's, named after local artist Larry Bell, is located a stone's throw from the Venice Beach Boardwalk. Naturally, the menu will feature plenty of housemade charcuterie. Plus, there's a wide selection of pizzas as well as a global beer and wine with 26 draft brews. (Everything from Ommegang Hennepin Farmhouse Saison to international brews like Green King Brewery's Old Speckled Hen.)

Kris Keith of Spacecraft is designing the space, drawing inspiration from the mirrored and translucent glass and plexiglass cubes Bell constructed in the 1960s. Larry's features a retractable glass wall connecting the interior bar area with the open-air dining patio as well as an exterior facing Windward Avenue.

Larry's: 24 Windward Ave., Venice, CA 90291. (310) 399-2700, www.larrysvenice.com.

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