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LA Brewing Company now open; more sports bar than restaurant

By Hayley Fox
Published: Monday, March 19, 2012, at 11:10AM
Hayley Fox

Los Angeles Brewing Company held their soft opening this Saturday.

The Los Angeles Brewing Company held their soft opening this weekend and debuted a limited food menu and beer selection. On Sunday afternoon the restaurant was almost half-full, mostly with patrons clustering around the long bar to watch college basketball on one of the eight large projector screens.

What was seemingly intended to be a neighborhood restaurant serving upscale brewery food appeared to be more of a spacious sports bar.

My group of four was quickly seated at a table and our very sweet waitress apologized in advance for any hiccups with the service. She explained it was only their second day open and asked us to please bear with them.

We did.

The credit card machine was broken, the receipt was printed with nothing but prices listed on it and the menus seemed hurriedly photocopied on white computer paper.

Although there will eventually be 100 beers on tap, this weekend there was 30 to 40. Of these, some had already run out and others were listed only by brewery name -- not beer name or style of brew.

The food menu included five starters, three different salads, three entrees and an assortment of sandwiches and sides. The cheapest thing on the menu were the "hand-cut" garlic fries at $4 -- the most expensive was a $19 steak served with mashed potatoes and veggies.

We ordered two appetizers: the delightful "Capreese 100" (a.k.a. Caprese) salad and the underwhelming garlic fries. The salad was a mix of decadent burrata cheese, juicy heirloom tomatoes, olive oil and vinegar with a mixed green salad on the side -- but the $10 price seemed a few dollars too expensive for starter greens.

The brewing company's concept is promising and the space has great potential, so hopefully the kinks will be worked out before the grand opening in the upcoming weeks.

Los Angeles Brewing Company is located at 750 South Broadway


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