Insider Info About Downtown's New First & Hope Supper Club

Aidan's days overseeing the Edison.

Aidan's days overseeing the Edison.

It’s a mixology musical chairs in L.A. lately what with the shake-up of Audrey Saunders leaving as partner and head of the bar at The Tar Pit and barman Marcos Tello up in the air about taking her place behind the stick*, and Joseph Brooke leaving Copa d’Oro to take over as director of spirits at the Edison — a post previously held by Aidan Demarest, who is now serving as cocktail consultant…along with Marcos Tello at the soon-to-be-opened First & Hope Supper Club pfew!

But before that breaking news about the Tar Pit, I got the chance to chat with Aidan for LA Weekly’s Squid Ink as he excitedly told me about his and Marcos’ plans for the beverage program at the awesome-sounding Art Deco First & Hope Supper Club. The two, who have worked together since that one whiskey bar downtown first opened in 2007, had recently started a cocktail consultation firm called Tello/Demarest Liquid Assets and were promptly brought aboard the new downtown venue to create a cocktail program that would complement its sophisticated Southern cuisine. Get the deets on my Squid Ink blog post along with a cocktail recipe of one of their drinks from their not-yet-signed-off cocktail menu.

* UPDATE: Marcos resigned from The Tar Pit yesterday.

3 Responses to Insider Info About Downtown's New First & Hope Supper Club
  1. yolanda
    February 18, 2010 | 11:28 am

    I can’t wait till it open as i love me so southren food. I’m still sad about joe leaving Copa. But it’s all good that they are all moving on up in the world. BTW great posy

  2. Caroline on Crack
    February 18, 2010 | 1:45 pm

    I think the Westside needs more awesome mixologists though.

  3. yolanda
    February 18, 2010 | 1:53 pm

    i do agree with you on that. Only Vincenzo is left. Everyone has gone downtown. But hey i do love going downtown.

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