Back in August, we reported about Stout, a new burgers-and-beer concept in the former Cahuenga home of Karma Coffeehouse. Last night, Stout partners Charles Lew and Alex Kagianaris teamed with Spacecraft designer Kristofer Keith to preview the casual restaurant, which debuts on November 12.
Lew and Kagianaris met while attending Loyola Law School and later formed their own law firm: KAGLEW LLP. Kagianaris is the chef and a native Greek, and Lew hails from Scotland. Lew also owns two other bars in Los Angeles: Gasser Lounge in Redondo Beach and Crown Bar in West Hollywood.
Kristofer Keith (Kitchen 24, BoHo, La Grande Orange Café, Bar Delux…) crafted walls and rounded booths from refurbished cedar fencing. You’ll find a circular bar backed by sleek copper sheeting. Doors slide open to reveal open air. Keith built decorative beer bottle chandeliers, a play on the wine bottle chandeliers he made for La Buca, including one with a spiral pattern.
Stout offers 10 different burgers: six beef, two chicken and two veggie (made with a quinoa and three bean base), plus one monthly Kagianaris wild card. Kagianaris is the chef and his burger creations include the signature Stout Burger toped with Gorgonzola emi Gruyere, rosemary bacon, caramelized onion, arugula and horseradish cream; the Island Hopper, a chicken burger topped with smoked mozzarella, artichoke hearts, lemon-basil mayo and arugula; and the Cat Juggler, a quinoa and three-bean burger with jerk spices, caramelized garlic cloves, sharp cheddar, artichoke hearts and roasted red bell peppers. Each burger costs $10 and comes with a suggested beer pairing. On the side, your choices are Greek fries, sweet potato tots, beer battered onion rings, arugula salad or bread pudding.
CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL MENU
Kagianaris and beer sommelier Sam Chuwenga are overseeing the beer list, which includes 30 taps, four of which will rotate. Think Allagash Curieux, North Coast Old Rasputin, Duchesse de Bourgogne, Unibroue Maudite, Fuller’s London Porter and Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA.
CLICK HERE FOR THE BEER LIST
Why burgers? According to Lew, “We were looking for something that worked well with beer” and decided on “a good structured simple burger each time.” They also wanted a food that could be replicated just as easily at 3 PM as 3 AM.
Lew and Kagianaris hope to open five Stouts in the next year. Lew said their goal is to “be at the forefront of beer pairing…Everybody pairs wine. Nobody pairs beer.
Chuwenga is also spearheading a sister company, Hollywood Brewery, a microbrewery in the Hollywood area. He’d be the brewer-owner and is currently scouting locations in Hollywood.