THE nightlife goliaths at SBE Entertainment are positioning their latest project -- the tiny, emerald-hued Foxtail supper club in West Hollywood -- as an intimate nest for industry insiders fatigued with the industry-insider scene.
But raising Foxtail -- which houses an elite upstairs lounge and smoking patio and sits next door to paparazzi perch Dan Tana's -- above the velvet-rope-crush crowd might prove a bit of a chore. It is, after all, the work of TMZ staples Sam Nazarian and Brent Bolthouse, along with four of their most powerful friends: director Brett Ratner, NBC Entertainment co-Chairman Ben Silverman, producer Scott Stuber and super agent Patrick Whitesell.
Foxtail's Hollywood pedigree even stretches into the kitchen: Head chef Antonia Lofaso is currently L.A.'s only contender on Bravo's "Top Chef." And in a precious bit of Hollywood synergy, "Top Chef" premiered on March 12, two weeks after the restaurant's soft opening.
Lofaso's no-nonsense French bistro fare includes steak frites served with a fried egg topped with shaved black truffles in a small cast iron pan, a crispy croque-monsieur oozing creamy Gruyere cheese and beef carpaccio brushed with flavorful olive oil and dusted with bits of salt. Complemented by a list of inventive cocktails (like the Uva Bella made with pressed grapes, gin and elderflower liqueur), the food might be comforting enough to bring bone-weary execs back. But the sense of belonging that greets them at the door, says Bolthouse, will seal the deal.