Is L.A.'s Hippest Bakery Coming to New York?
If the massive lines spilling out the door of the Venice, Los Angeles hot spots Gjelina and Gjusta are too far from your coast of choice to wait out, you may be in luck: the long-rumored NYC restaurant from the Californian team behind it is getting closer and closer to fruition.
A liquor license application unearthed by Eater from chef/owner Travis Lett, partner Fran Camaj and partner/COO Shelley Armistead has supplied several new details on the still-unnamed, 167-seat restaurant at 45 Bond Street that should have East Coast-based fans of Gjelina's influential pan-Mediterranean menu—as well as of the Gjusta bakery and deli—readying their reservation fingers.
While it's unclear whether it will make it to the final restaurant, a sample menu submitted is nearly the same as that of the original L.A. Gjelina, meaning their wood-fired pizzas, homemade jams and fresh vegetable dishes could soon be taking a cross-country trip. But perhaps the most exciting new info is that, according to the "public interest statement" section of the application, the restaurant will also be opening in the morning, when it will serve the local community as a bakery and coffee shop, with fresh pastries and baked goods.
Could that mean that Gjusta's wildly popular baklava croissants, pies, cakes, baguettes and other delights are headed to the Big Apple? Gjelina's reps have not yet responded to requests for comment, but what we do know is that they've already opened a farm in the upstate New York town of Rhinebeck to serve as the "farm" portion of its farm-to-table element. And, yes, wine, cocktails and beer on tap also made the sample menu, which would explain the whole liquor license application thing. Let's just hope that when it does open, it'll be a little less controversial with the neighborhood than Gjusta was.