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Dante to open Beverly Hills site

US-based aperitivo bar and restaurant Dante will open its third site at The Maybourne Beverly Hills hotel in California.

The venue will offer aperitivo-style cocktails and Italian and Mediterranean-inspired food

The Beverly Hills site will open on 4 July 2023, and will be the first Dante venue outside of New York City.

The bar will be set on the hotel’s recently renovated rooftop, and will include indoor and alfresco dining with a view of the rooftop pool.

“Los Angeles was our first taste of America, travelling here as kids from Australia,” said Linden Pride, principal at Dante. “We’ve always been inspired by California’s culture, lifestyle, and cuisine – the nuances of hyper-seasonal, local California produce.

“We believe Los Angeles is one of the great culinary centres of the world and we are excited to bring our shared sense of hospitality together with the Maybourne Hotel Group and grow the Dante brand in a fresh yet authentic way.”

The original Caffe Dante is a century-old institution in New York, and was taken over and reopened in 2015 by husband-and-wife duo Pride and Nathalie Hudson to ‘innovate through authenticity’.

The Beverly Hills site will overlook the Los Angeles skyline, offering Dante’s signature aperitivo-style cocktails to pair with Italian and Mediterranean-inspired food.

Drinks to be served include Dante’s Garibaldi (Campari and fluffy orange juice); Seville Spritz (Tanqueray Flor de Sevilla, Dry Curaçao, Neroli, orange wine, orange bitters, vanilla and Prosecco); Celery Paloma (blanco Tequila, green chartreuse, St Germaine, celery bitters, and verjus, lime); and Mediterranean Tonic (Gin Mare, Manzanilla, olive bitters, pinch of salt, San Pellegrino, and citrus tonic).

The Dante Martini

The venue’s design was overseen by creative director Hudson, who blended ‘European elegance with a light and fresh Californian touch’.

“There’s a magical, whimsical part to the Californian colour palette, almost a patina, that evolves throughout the day,” said Hudson. You are surrounded by these luscious, or golden hued, pastels whilst on the rooftop. We wanted to pull those colours into the space and layered them with texture throughout.”

Dante Beverly Hills is located on the ninth floor rooftop at the Maybourne Beverly Hills Hotel at 225 North Canon Drive. It will be open daily from 11am-11pm (PDT), with US$10 Martini Hour between 3pm-5pm. The bar will remain open until 12am.

In more news of bar openings, Moët Hennessy recently opened its first bar: a five-floor venue in Paris called Cravan.

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