Inside the Whisper Lounge’s Half-Million Dollar Remodel

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Courtesy of Caruso Affiliated
Courtesy of Caruso Affiliated


Courtesy of Caruso Affiliated
Courtesy of Caruso Affiliated

The Grove’s Whisper Lounge is back in action with a sweet new look. Considering that its remodel cost a cool half million, this is one Hollywood dining institution that you’ll need to check out as soon as possible.

Caruso Affiliated opted to give the Whisper some new life in honor of its 10-year anniversary and to further its reputation as an upscale dining destination for Hollywood’s power players, among other patrons.

Staying true to its classic, old Hollywood feel, Rick J. Caruso opted to give the remodeled interior space a sophisticated yet hip restaurant and lounge atmosphere, which continues through the outdoor patio. A custom crystal chandelier, tufted banquettes, barrel-back lounge chairs, and marble cocktail tables have been introduced, along with a mirrored wall and original artwork by renowned photographer Jim McHugh. The furniture‘s textured upholstery is soothing plum and gray tones, and together with a polished floor, have an inviting appeal. The kitchen has also been refreshed with a state-of-the-art cooking suite.

Executive Chef Anthony Jacquet has changed the traditional menu, offering guests an selection of freshly prepared items including pressed juices, soups and salads and decadent main courses that celebrate the foods of America with a light touch of California. Lunch-goers will be introduced to a variety of healthy options including the Vegan Cobb Salad, the Kale Waldorf Salad and a Vegan Soup, which are inspired by seasonal ingredients.

The reimagined dinner menu encompasses modern twists on American signature classics such as Lobster Fettuccine with Serrano Chile, Mint and Saffron Butter Sauce, Grilled Skirt Steak with Miso Butter Baste, Charred Asparagus and Black Garlic Fried Rice, Roasted Baby Beets Salad with Grapefruit, Avocado, Burrata, Pumpkin Seeds and Pomegranate Molasses, and Calamari with Sweet Chili-garlic Sauce and Grilled Lime.

To accompany the new menu, Beverage Director Mike Kelly and Lead Bartender Lawrence Long have tailored a cocktail program to feature an array of seasonal hand-crafted cocktails and spirits as well as an updated wine list. Newly added cocktails include The Longfellow with Angel’s Envy Bourbon, Fresh Basil, Blackberry and Fig Bitters, The Bootlegger #2 with Hendricks Gin, Lillet Blonde, Cointreau and Fresh Lemon, aged in-house for four weeks, and the Pick Your Poison with Raspberry and All Spice Cider Shrub, Sparkling Water.

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