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Flores to Become the Ladies' Gunboat Society

The interior of Flores, which will soon reopen as the Ladies' Gunboat Society
The interior of Flores, which will soon reopen as the Ladies' Gunboat Society
Anne Fishbein

Flores, the Sawtelle restaurant owned by Amal Flores, has been closed for the past couple of weeks to make way for a new chef — Brian Dunsmoor of  the Hart and the Hunter. But the chef isn't all that's changing. Today, news comes that the restaurant will reopen as the Ladies' Gunboat Society, serving upscale Southern food. One source tells us the chef is touting the new project as "a cross between Chez Panisse and the deep South."

Also involved in the project is Jonathan Strader, longtime front-of-house manager at Hart and the Hunter. Both Dunsmoor and Strader will retain their positions at Hart and the Hunter as well. 

The Ladies' Gunboat Society is an interesting name, and not just for obvious reasons (it sounds like the name of a bad detective novel). It's named for groups of women who raised funds to build ironclad gunboats to protect the harbors of the Confederate South during the Civil War. So it's honoring a feminist but pro-Confederacy legacy. Hmmm.

The Ladies' Gunboat Society will open on April 24 to the public, and will be open seven nights a week. 


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Flores and the Ladies Gunboat Society

2024 Sawtelle Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025

424-273-6469

www.floreslosangeles.com

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The Hart and The Hunter

7950 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90048

323-424-3055

www.thehartandthehunter.com

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