4/03/2013 01:09:00 PM

Salt Air Breezes On Abbot Kinney This Spring

Salt Air signage, coming soon
Now that Littlefork is up and running smoothly in Hollywood (chef Jason Travi just launched brunch last weekend), the next project for owner David Reiss is a new "beach bistro" in Venice. Salt Air will debut in the former Capri space sometime this May with a seafood-centric menu from chef Greg Daniels, who's worked in the Jean-Georges Vongerichten machine as exec sous chef at Perry St. in New York. The space is getting a complete overhaul, including new skylights in the dining room and a window to the kitchen so you can see all the action. Look for a lot of clean, bright, natural design elements: wood beams, tiled walls, marble floors. Sounds just about right for a casual, AK lunch and dinner spot.

Restaurant consultant Paul Pruitt, one of Reiss' business partners, told us the concept came about because they felt that great, casual seafood restaurants are underrepresented on the Westside, at least in Venice. And it's not that Reiss and Co. are trying to get into the seafood game (Littlefork's menu leans that way), but Pruitt told Grub Street last year that "the organs of our Abbot Kinney restaurant are seafood, whereas in Hollywood [seafood] is more like the veins and capillaries, not really the core of the menu but prevalent."

Reiss, who also owns A-Frame, Sunny Spot and the Alibi Room (all with Roy Choi menus), and The Brig on Abbot Kinney, told us Salt Air is somewhere between the fun, party picnic A-Frame and its grown-up cousin, Littlefork. "Venice is Venice," he says. "It fits here."

Photo: Yo Venice!

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