Little Miss Snitch alerted us to some tinkering at 3030 Ross Avenue. Apparently, there’s been some construction going on at the old Sunset Lounge right next to Central Expressway, and the guys behind this noise are none other than Kyle Noonan and his partner Josh Sepkowitz – the same FreeRange Concepts owners who brought you Bowl & Barrel. They bought the nightclub/party hardy spot and started working on its makeover a couple months ago, transforming the unassuming warehouse-type building into a restaurant with an enclosed patio after its shutdown in September. They decided, for whatever reason, to keep the same name.
Mr. Noonan was kind enough to show me around the space, which John Paul Valverde from Coeval Studio helped design. The new front bar, made from blocks of custom-installed wood, has this “mid-century feel” that doesn’t clash (oddly enough) with the palm tree wallpaper that adorns the left side. White plush chairs fill the sleek dining area covered in bamboo flooring.
No word yet on when the new Sunset will open, but it should be any day now. And, yes, Sunset is hiring. Go tell all your unemployed friends.