Bottega Louie WeHo has finally opened its doors to the public today, Monday, November 9, 2020. Well, it’s sort of open. In fact, the restaurant located at 8936 Santa Monica Boulevard, is having a very soft opening.
The patisserie portion of the restaurant opened today from 8 a.m., to 6 p.m. and will operate for these hours for the rest of this week. Next week, the restaurant and bar will be fully open with a full menu. The back and front patio areas will be accessible to customers and there will even be a full staff.
“Welcome to the neighborhood,” David Cooley, owner and founder of The Abbey Food & Bar, posted on his instagram account. “So excited for the sweet #BottegaLouie experience in West Hollywood! Cheers to new beginnings.”
“Everyone is excited,” said an employee who wished to remain anonymous. “I think we’re going to have a slow trickle as the word gets out that we’re open. We all look forward to being fully open and having things in full swing as well as offer our customers a full menu with a full staff. We’ll be taking walk-ins and we’re ready to go.”
Bottega Louie has been under construction since 2016. It was supposed to open in 2017 and it was supposed to open again back in December of last year. An estimated 200 workers were hired and were in the midst of the training process, when they were all let go unexpectedly. The restaurant was forced to shut down due to issues with permits. It was supposed to open in March of this year, but March came and went and the restaurant remained closed.
The restaurant had a City inspection back in July 16 of this year. An architect told WEHO TIMES that depending on the results of the inspection, he assessed that it would take about six weeks to get the restaurant fully staffed again and ready for operations.
It took much longer than six weeks, but no matter. The day of opening has finally arrived at the 8,900 square foot space. There is plenty of outdoor dining in the front and back patio areas, however they are taking precautions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Everyone must wear a mask unless they are eating, and body temperatures will be taken to make sure everyone stays safe.