Nearly a week ago I had a meeting at Intelligentsia in Silver Lake. On the way out I had remembered that a few friends of ours Instagrammed a photo of themselves at Black Cat the night before. I caught sight of it on my way out and I decided to take a peek inside. The space looked nice and really cool but, strangely, they told me I couldn’t take photos or share anything last Tuesday and to come back a few days later because “a friend was writing a story about it.” Well, we waited a few days and we went back, we took photos, and we had a nice lunch there. You should stop by–because they’re open!
The space is a historic landmark and formerly Le Barcito, which closed its doors in 2011. It’s history is embedded in Los Angeles’ LGBT history and it’s kind of a bummer that it ended up being put to sleep. When this happened, the area was in a short state of flux: would another bar go in there? Would it be converted into a shop or convenience store or an extension of the laundry next door? No clue. Thankfully the guys from Village Idiot stepped in and applied what they do on Melrose to Silver Lake, which is a much needed addition.
Black Cat is a wonderfully homey hallway of green leather and lots and lots of artwork. When you walk in, you notice it is a 21+ establishment–and that is very much enforced. (When we arrived, a family of two early thirtysomethings and a toddler walked in. They were turned away.) During the day, it is a very sunny space and not-too-loud considering the high ceilings and openness to it. The staff is sharply dressed in various cool denim on denim (AKA chambray on denim) and there is an upbeat vibe. The music is good and quiet, it is absolutely warm and busy feeling, and everyone there was drinking and having a good time. Not too bad for a Sunday afternoon!
The food was good. We ordered a classic burger and a ham sandwich, two of the many interesting lunch options they have. We didn’t want to do a food review of the space as it is quite new and still getting its footing. We will say that everything from the food to drinks were affordable, the burger is like a high quality Big Mac on an Umami cake roll (This is a good thing.), and the ham sandwich–whose name escapes us–was a delightfully light prosciutto knuckle. They serve chips on the side which are good when hot and soft but a bit of a drag after they cool down. According to hearsay from a server, Monday, December 3, was their first day open and they were only serving lunch as of our visit. This weekend will be when they roll out the brunch. (According to that hearsay, at least.)
We’re anxious to see what becomes of Black Cat. We’re certain it is going to be a hit and, given its late night adult slant (and that they have a full service kitchen), that late night query we had may be going away soon. Black Cat’s presence will undoubtedly provide some happy competition to Sunset Junction and we will certainly be visiting it on a late night and for dinner, which we will be sure to follow up on.