The latest addition to the Design District’s burgeoning fine dining scene is Drake’s Hollywood, now open at 8747 Melrose Avenue, west of San Vicente Boulevard. Red leather, gilt gold, thick steaks and classic cocktails evoke sophisticated, old Hollywood vibes.
A West Coast outpost of its namesake sister location in Dallas, Texas, Drake’s Hollywood is known for its premier steak program, raw bar and the “World’s Coldest Martinis.”
The Design District location was conceptualized by Hunter Pond, founder and CEO of Vandelay Hospitality Group. Pond has a roster of restaurants that include the East Hampton Sandwich Co. and the Hudson House, an East Coast-style restaurant also on Lovers Lane, Dallas. According to a press release, Drake’s is inspired by restaurants from the West Coast, namely, “old-school, classic hangouts” like Delilah’s and Craig’s, which are both West Hollywood locations.
Since 2012, Vandelay has developed restaurant brands and services that “evoke a combination of rich American heritage, exquisite craftsmanship, and an eye for detail. Our dedication to honest food and credible service is predicated upon our commitment and respect to our partners and guests.”