Celebrating its 90th anniversary, Old Hollywood’s most classic, historic hotel – The Hollywood Roosevelt – now offers a brand new, ever-exclusive hang just in time for the summer season. Tucked away in a private poolside nook that only those “in the know” will even know is there, The Rosy Oyster is a cool, contemporary art-inspired wine and fresh oyster bar, filling L.A.’s dire need for an upscale but casual, undercover spot in the heart of Hollywood.
Sal Imposimato, VP of Brand Experience at Hotels by Journal, sat down to greet me and my guest, telling us that he created this pop-up as an experiment in designing a temporary venue where “hipster-meets-luxury” for one sweet, brief moment in time. It’s meant to be that place that exists fondly in people’s memory long after it’s gone, like a chill, romantic summer evening you’ll never forget.
Open now through October 2017, the bar features seasonal wine varietals and bubblies curated by model-turned-sommelier Lelanea Fulton of New York City’s Dirty French. She was on hand tending bar, pouring a light, refreshing Grolleau Rose from France.
The whole place, lush with leafy greenery and pseudo-tropical stripes and teals, is adorned with Keith Herring-esque modern, bold, graphic characters by Brooklyn-based artist Amit Greenberg. His custom characters line the pink walls and furniture alike – and once you see one of his figures – you’ll be able to identify his work going forward.
Video art and re-imagined vintage furniture also add to the edgy but relaxed vibe, and the unique menu will keep people coming back for more. Who couldn’t resist candied bacon strips and truffle fries to accompany fine oyster selections from Marin Miyagi, Kumamoto, Beau Soleil, and Wellfleet?!
What I loved most about the hidden gem was its intimate, comfortable feel. With only 35 seats, guests will have to arrive early to grab a coveted patio spot or cozy indoor table.
There’s a sense of ease there, too – it isn’t cool to be “too cool for school” there. The restaurant has a markedly unique flow for a spot in Hollywood – with a big communal table at the center of the restaurant that encourages people to interact and say hi to someone they might not necessary know going in.
Adjacent to the David Hockney designed pool, there is almost a west side, coastal vibe to the place as well, but with the added sophistication, mystery, and allure of a Brooklyn hipster. The Rosy Oyster has that perfect, elusive combination, and is sure to be a go-to for the high profile and elite all summer long.