The rumors were true. The beloved Sunset Boulevard bar Ye Coach & Horses, which closed in November after a protracted eviction struggle with landlord Samuel French Books, has new tenants: Jared Meisler and Sean Macpherson, the duo behind Bar Lubitsch and The Roger Room. (Macpherson has also been behind a number of other Los Angeles watering holes: Jones, El Carmen, The Good Luck Bar and both Swingers locations.)
The 73-year-old bar had a number of owners over the years, including a matador in the 1970s who turned it into a Mexican restaurant -- while keeping the Coach & Horses name. Meisler and Macpherson are in the very early planning stages. No target opening date yet. They're considering concepts, working to secure a liquor license and interviewing chefs. Meisler promises two things: beer on tap and respect for the bar's history. "This will be a restoration, not a remodel. The most important thing for us is to honor what it was," he says.
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To that end, he's been digging through archival material related to the bar, looking for old pictures he can refer to during the remodel. During the process, he found a Los Angeles Times story from the 1950s about a patron who pulled out a gun only to have it wrestled away from him by his fellow drinkers.
"This is not just renovating it to what it was a few years ago," Meisler says, "but to what it was decades ago."
Whatever concept Meisler and Macpherson choose, it will include a full restaurant component. No word on what kind of food or even whether that will be full meals or small plates. It will also be somewhat cocktail-driven.
"From now on, I don't see how I could open a bar that's not," Meisler says. "It won't be as hardcore as The Roger Room, but there will definitely be quality drinks and knowledgeable cocktails."