With a new executive chef every 90 days, Abernethy’s creates an exciting ambiance of culinary art combined with elegant dining in the prime location of the Music Center Plaza. The new chef program features a new menu each quarter with the wide-reaching appeal of Thai, Spanish, Chinese and French cuisines. The diverse menu varies quarterly from shrimp, squid, and crab fried rice dishes to charcoal baby octopuses.
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The idea for the restaurant situated in downtown's theatre’s hub was to expose guests to an enlightening experience of both art and gastronomy.
The center recruited the help of a group of culinary advisers to curate the chef lineup. Some of the advisers include Border Grill’s Susan Feniger, n/naka’s Niki Nakayama, “Somebody Feed Phil” host Phil Rosenthal, and Gwen chef Curtis Stone.
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Abernethy’s, named after the Music Center’s board vice chair Robert J. Abernethy, and then opened in the fall of 2019. Shirley Chung, chef at Ms. Chi in Culver City was the restaurant’s inaugural chef, then followed by:
- Pla and Fern Kaewtathip of Noree Thai and Luv2eat Thai Bistro
- Ryan Costanza of Freedman’s
- Jason Fullilove of the Magic Castle
- Geter Atienza of Broken Spanish
LA’s Music Center is one of the largest performing arts centers across the country. In addition, it is home to:
- Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
- Ahmanson Theater
- Mark Taper Forum
- Roy and Edna Disney
- CalArts Theatre
- Walt Disney Concert Hall
Abernethy’s was part of the Music Center’s $41 million renovations, including a coffee bar run by Go Get Em Tiger.
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Abernethy’s is a dine-in eatery that provides takeout but no delivery options. For amazingly unique flavors and excellent service, this restaurant offers views of the bustling Jerry Moss Plaza. Stop in for a quick appetizer and II Trovatore-inspired cocktails. Then head to the LA Opera, hosted in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
Restaurant hours are open from Tuesday to Friday, 5:00 p.m. -11:00 p.m., and on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. -11:00 p.m., Abernethy’s is closed on Monday and Sunday.