The owner of Downtown LA’s self-professed “dumbest bar,” Bernadette’s, is back with a new restaurant side project called Buddy’s, and it opens to the world this week.
Buddy’s takes over a prime corner location at 4th and Broadway, home for years to the restaurant Pestolini. Now it’s in the hands of new owner Jim VanBlaricum, who’s doing everything from a burger or fried chicken sandwich to a smashed garlic grilled cheese sandwich, loaded tater tots, and housemade pie.
The plan, as evidenced by the menu below, is to keep everything under $10 if possible, with only the patty melt on Clark Street Bread coming in over that number. Not only will the restaurant offer dine-in service to start, the ample kitchen will also provide food for the bar next door.
As for the space itself, expect the 2,200 square foot Buddy’s to carry a similar color palette and vibe to Bernadette’s. That is to say it’ll be retro chic, with lots of burnt orange, including on the food trays, plus funky neon signage, leafy wallpaper, and houseplants. Diners will order at the counter up front before grabbing a table or a booth, much like the throwback layout and design found at the new Burgerlords in Highland Park.
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