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Bartender Los Angeles

Interview: bartender Naomi Schimek (First & Hope)

To say that Naomi Schimek has taken a roundabout path into the L.A. cocktail spotlight would be an understatement. The Vermont native bounced around the Southwest before jumping behind the bar in Vegas, the...
Bartender Los Angeles

Interview: beverage director Aidan Demarest (First & Hope)

Aidan Demarest has been a central figure in the rise of downtown L.A.’s cocktail explosion. The Boston native and longtime actor was the opening GM at Seven Grand. He also worked at The Doheny...
Restaurant Los Angeles

First & Hope Offers “Modern American Classics” [CLOSED]

Disney Hall is on the verge of gaining a new neighbor: First & Hope. The downtown supper club specializing in “modern American classics” is the vision of longtime downtowners Terry Brewer and Parker Martin....