Abigaile Prepares for Opening Day

The restaurant plans to debut in Hermosa Beach on Monday.

Have a taste for roasted wild mushroom soup with white truffle oil or guanciale creamed fennel and Yukon potatoes?

How about brown butter fried branzino? Or, you might prefer a fresh kale and roast squash salad (don't forget to top with the toasted pumpkin seeds.)

Those dishes are just a part of the opening day menu at , which plans to debut to the public in downtown Hermosa Beach at 5 p.m. Monday. Reservations are being accepted at the venue now.

The restaurant will take the place of , but is owned by the same local team.

In preparation of the opening, Fletcher Dragge of Pennywise and his crew decorated the new restaurant's walls with spray paint and stencils (see accompanying photos.)

As part of the project, Dragge worked on reproductions of show flyers from the early '80s that feature rock bands, such as and Black Flag, who played in this same Manhattan Avenue building in its past. Updates on this project have been featured on the Abigaile website.

has been designed to "pay homage to what’s been here before, but at the same time... push the edge of what I think the community is ready for in new concept and food," in January.

Rising star chef Max DiMare will take over the culinary reins to offer an American brasserie experience, Sanford said.

Do you plan to visit Abigaile? Make sure to come back to Patch and share your experience with us—


P Kane February 03, 2012 at 06:56 PM
WOW! Disappointing....off the bat Abigaile's looks HORRIBLE! Sorry to see such a "dark" ambiance in a fun city like Hermosa Beach? Really too bad. My idea of an evening out includes a nice ambiance and welcoming decor, not something that looks like I'm eating in a alley. Hope it looks more fun and "happier" when it opens.
Bill Williams February 04, 2012 at 06:24 PM
it is true that these walls would not appeal to the typical crowd that would dine at Abigaile. however the owner of this restaurant/bar is paying a huge tribute to the old church (what this building used to be) which has a LOT of history from the 70s and 80s in the Hermosa punk scene. the owner is taking a risk by covering the walls in graffiti but to be honest, its pretty cool. 3rd street tattoo did a really great job in replicating the old church and you can see the old walls via youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAr66LL32lg maybe before calling this restaurant an "alley" you should ask yourself or maybe those who work there "why" they did that, and youll get a quick history lesson from Hermosa roots.
greg ginn February 05, 2012 at 12:59 AM
hey p kane you are dumb..if you live in hermosa please move, if you don't, please don't come ever here again..take your ambiance and shove it..ate there last night, and the food and drinks were top 3 in the south bay..period...if you dont get it too bad..this was the home of one of the most important punk bands of all time..what the owner has done as far as decor is genius, one of the coolest vibes of any restaurant in town for sure....try eating there before you comment....oh wait please don't, thanx!


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