Long-awaited Connie & Ted’s — the casual New England-style seafood restaurant replacing Silver Spoon — is finally beginning to take form eight months into construction, and it looks to be spectacular.
Driving down Santa Monica Boulevard, we couldn’t help but notice the large swooping canopy roof looming down on us. When Connie & Ted’s opens, that wave-like canopy — which will be coated by a layer of corrugated metal — will hover above an outdoor patio in front of the eatery.
Take a look for yourself, below, as we got our hands on the design plans.
Construction manager Grant Grigoryan said he’s been a part of a lot of construction sites, but never something as unique as this. “It’s been very hard (to construct),” he said.
The project was slated to be completed by March 6, but Grigoryan said he expects they’ll need more time.
Originally, Silver Spoon was supposed to be remodeled into Connie & Ted’s, but instead it was almost completely demolished.
Michael Cimarusti of Providence is teaming up with Claim Jumper founder Craig Nickoloff to open it up.
Eater LA has pointed out the peculiar duo of Nickoloff and Cimarusti. Nickoloff is known for Claim Jumper, a chain that serves large portions of fairly inexpensive American cuisine. He opened the first one in Los Alamitos (1977) and from there the chain exploded before filing for bankruptcy in 2010. Cimarusti, on the other hand, serves up fine-dining wild seafood and shellfish at one of LA’s most celebrated restaurants (Gushing reviews stacked up for Providence when it first opened in 2005. Among many accolades, it was named “One of America’s Top 50 Restaurants” by Gourmet Magazine).
According to reports, C&T’s will be more casual than Providence, but the vibe will still be “young, fun and vibrant.”