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    Drake’s Hollywood has Officially Opened in West Hollywood

    Drake’s Hollywood has officially opened in the City of West Hollywood at 8747 Melrose Avenue, west of San Vicente Boulevard, in the Design District. They have moved into the former home of Nancy Corzine, a fine furniture store that closed during the pandemic.

    The new Drake’s is not to be confused with the old popular gay adult retail store by the same name that was located on Santa Monica Boulevard (where Bottega Louie WEHO now stands) or its sister location further east on Melrose Avenue by the Fairfax District.

    The new restaurant is all glitz and glamour when you get past a thick red leather door. The interior is like stepping back in time with rich leather booths a fully stocked bar and vintage Hollywood inspired art.

    Drakes Hollywood in West Hollywood – WEHO TIMES
    Drakes Hollywood in West Hollywood – WEHO TIMES

    The new restaurant had it grand opening on Friday May 5, 2023. They hosted a party for family and friends a few days prior to that.

    “We are so excited to be in the neighborhood, especially this great location,” Manager Carrie Crawford told WEHO TIMES. “People are saying they see Old Hollywood in West Hollywood when they walk in. It’s been great bringing Drake’s from Dallas. Our neighbors are excited, because they don’t know what to expect when they walk through our red leather doors. We’re bringing old Hollywood back.”

    Drakes Hollywood in West Hollywood – WEHO TIMES
    Drakes Hollywood in West Hollywood – WEHO TIMES

    Carrie has been in the hospitality restaurant business for 26 years. She welcomes everyone to Drake’s Hollywood and she said she can’t wait for West Hollywood residents to try their World Coldest Martini. She recommends the King’s Porterhouse where you get the best of both worlds with a filet and strip. “It is very flavorful,” she said “There’s also the Starlet, a petite 8oz filet with two king shrimp on top. It’s amazing.”

     

    Drake’s Hollywood was conceptualized by Hunter Pond, founder and CEO of Vandelay Hospitality Group. Pond has a roster of restaurants that include the East Hampton Sandwich Co. and the Hudson House on The Sunset Strip.

    Drake’s was inspired by restaurants from the West Coast, namely, “old-school, classic hangouts” like Delilah’s and Craig’s, which are both West Hollywood locations.

    Since 2012, Vandelay has developed restaurant brands and services that “evoke a combination of rich American heritage, exquisite craftsmanship, and an eye for detail. Our dedication to honest food and credible service is predicated upon our commitment and respect to our partners and guests.”

    For reservations, visit https://www.drakeshollywood.com/

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    Paulo Murillo
    Paulo Murillohttps://wehotimes.com
    Paulo Murillo is Editor in Chief and Publisher of WEHO TIMES. He brings over 20 years of experience as a columnist, reporter, and photo journalist. Murillo began his professional writing career as the author of “Love Ya, Mean It,” an irreverent and sometimes controversial West Hollywood lifestyle column for FAB! newspaper. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, which include the “Hot Topic” column in Frontiers magazine, where he covered breaking news and local events in West Hollywood. He can be reached at [email protected]

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    Cindy Brady
    Cindy Brady
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    7 months ago

    Gurl! Did they just reuse the old Drake’s XXX neon sign?

    Kiki Robertson
    Kiki Robertson
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    7 months ago

    So happy you mentioned the old classic OG “Drakes” adult shop in this piece! I was so excited for a minute and thought this was going to be a remake of the classic Drake’s XXX adult shop on Melrose. Remember when? Oh well. I love 80’s Dallas, but I don’t want the modern Dallas vibe in West Hollywood. More “straightification”. This new place just looks like a mishmash fusion of Craig’s and DanTana’s. I wish they would recreate MUSE instead….or bring back Ma Maison. That was fabulous.

    Ruben madrigal
    Ruben madrigal
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    9 months ago

    Congratulations Missus drake my typing teacher and business leadership long for leadership long beach at one world trade center for all the c e o’s collect them ten dollar bills david star jordan high school 1984

    Peter B
    Peter B
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    9 months ago

    Once you get to $30 appetizers and a bottle of average wine hits $100 that costs $10 at Trader Joe’s then I say it won’t work.

    Gavin Elster
    Gavin Elster
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    9 months ago

    For some of us, confusion with the old Drake’s porn-store is a retro-reality. If it was the old porn-store reopening I’d be over there lickedysplit,pun intended! The old East Melrose Drake’s, and the after-hours neighborhood shenanigans was FUN!

    Kiki Robertson
    Kiki Robertson
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    7 months ago

    Yaaaas! I was so happy for a second I thought it was the OG Drake’s XXX

    Jim Nasium
    Jim Nasium
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    9 months ago

    “Inspired” by restaurants like “Delilah’s and Craig’s”?. Let’s hope it’s more Craig’s.

    Enough!
    Enough!
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    9 months ago

    But due to the cost of doing business in West Hollywood you have $24 french fries. Good luck to them.

    Enough!
    Enough!
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    9 months ago

    Looks & sounds great.

    Girl
    Girl
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    8 months ago

    You’re a sucker aren’t you.

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