Co-Owners of The Draycott Participate in DINE LA and Open New Restaurant 

Draycott is offering a three course menu for DINE LA.

The Draycott co-owner Marissa Hermer said the restaurant will be participating in DINE LA, which started on Friday and will run through January 31.

A special lunch menu will be offered from Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for $25 per person and will include options such as butternut squash soup and pan-roasted branzino.

The dinner menu will be served nightly from 5 to 10 p.m. for $39 and include a three-course option, such as roasted beet salad, flat-iron steak, wild mushroom ravioli and Eton Mess (a delightful strawberry dessert).

Additionally, The Draycott co-owners Marissa and Matt Hermer opened their second restaurant in West Hollywood this month: Olivetta, on Melrose Avenue, the “sister” to their Palisades restaurant.

Loyal customers to The Draycott were invited to come early to try the food at Olivetta.

Typical diners were Palisadians Sarah Knauer, the incoming Chamber of Commerce President and her fiancé Logan Cahoon, who owns the catering company Meathead BBQ.

“It was such a memorable meal,” said Knauer, who is a vegetarian. “Everything was so fresh. The carrot humus still had the tips of the stems. My homemade noodles with pesto was great and the portions were so large I brought some home.”

Olivetta has a Mediterranean menu under the direction of Executive Chef Michael Fiorelli. The wine come from small batch growers throughout Southern California, as well as featuring unique options from around the global. The bar program, curated by Melina Meza, is made up of 10 signature cocktails

Marissa said the idea for the new restaurant was: “Olivetta will feel like London, taste like the Mediterranean and sound like the Lower East Side.”  Music for the restaurant has been prepared by Geffen Records President Neil Jacobson and embraces the counter movement towards vinyl.

Circling the News contacted Hermer about the Nextdoor posting that The Draycott did not validate parking in the Caruso parking lot.

“Typically a restaurant hires a valet company who in turn charges the customer directly,” Marissa said. “Clearly we can’t do this in Palisades Village. We used to offer validation, but it simply wasn’t cost effective.”

Family-owned restaurants Porta Via, Edo Little Bites and The Draycott do not validate. Hanks and Blue Ribbon Sushi, which are co-owned by Caruso, do validate.

Most Palisades residents realize that the envisioned foot traffic at the Palisade Village has not materialized and many businesses, which do not have stores at other locations, have to be cognizant of expenses.

In Porta Via’s or The Draycott’s defense, many Palisades restaurants such as Tallula’s, the Golden Bull and Giorgio Baldi have valet parking charges.

Reservations for The Draycott (310) 573-8938: for Olivetta (310) 307-3932 – and both on for reservations as well.

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