After almost a full year of delays and dealing with endless bureaucrats and city and county agencies, the gourmet hot dog - and tamale - dinery... WEENEEZ... is - finally - opening tomorrow morning, Saturday November 25th, 2006, along with the RedDot Gallery at 500 S. Spring in the heart of Gallery Row. The adjacent RedDot Bistro with a larger menu, and eventually beer and wine, will open in December.
The initial hours of 10 AM to 8 PM seven days a week will be a welcome addition to Sunday dining and early evening eating at 5th and Spring where both are currently short in supply. And, hopefully, when the Los Angeles Theatre Center re-opens in the spring next door and as more residential buildings open in the area, evening hours will be able to be further extended.
This is a homecoming of sorts for co-owner, Julie Rico, who started her Julie Rico Art Gallery back in 1989 on Los Angeles Street on the second floor of a new demolished building near the Cathedral. She later followed the exodus of downtown art galleries to Santa Monica in the early 1990's, but made a decision to return downtown, along with partner Sid Carter, after a having a temporary gallery show during the festivities that christened Gallery Row.
More about her history in the art world can be found on her website - www.weeneez.com, along with the complete menu for Weeneez. Also on the website is information on the inaugural show of the RedDot Gallery, "James Brown, Friends and Flowers", featuring the work of Youn Woo Chaa.
Welcome back Julie!