Saints & Sinners in Culver City is getting a revamp courtesy of its owners, 1933 Group, the same dudes who overhauled Stinkers into Thirsty Crow a little over a year ago. (They also own Little Cave and Bigfoot Lodge) The new bar, Oldfield's Liquor Room, officially opens to the public on October 21st, though there should be some soft-opening events before then.
The name pays homage to Barney Oldfield, a famous speed racer of the early 1900s and lifelong hero of 1933 Group partner Bobby Green. Oldfield was the first man to drive a car at 60 miles per hour on an oval and was known for crisscrossing the U.S. in a series of timed runs and races.
You can see Oldfield in the 1913 Mack Sennett silent film Barney Oldfield's Race for a Life (1913), in which he races a train to rescue Mabel Normand, who has been tied to the tracks by a villainous cad.
Behind the bar, Oldfield's sports a mostly local row of talent: manager Jared Mort, bartenders Armando Conway (La Descarga), Aaron Stepka (A-Frame, Rivera) and Robin Jackson (Club Mallard in Northern California). No details on the cocktail menu except that it's “crafted in tribute to” Oldfield, who owned several bars in Los Angeles.
Local chef Chester Hastings, author of The Cheesemonger's Kitchen, has created a small menu of seasonal bar sandwiches inspired by the Spanish bocadillo: Fra' Mani ham with black cherry jam, Challerhocker cheese with rosemary and apricot mostarda, Valhrona chocolate with olive oil and sea salt.