Spaghettini & The Dave Koz Lounge To Open Summer 2014, Beverly Hills

Building on 25 years of success, Spaghettini’s founders pair culinary talent Scott Howard and nine-time GRAMMY-nominated Dave Koz for an exceptional restaurant experience followed by live, world-class musical performances

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Executive Chef Scott Howard’s Orrechiette Bolognese – Courtesy of Wagstaff Worldwode

Cary Hardwick and Laurie Sisneros, partners and owners of Spaghettini in Seal Beach, in conjunction with renowned saxophonist Dave Koz, announce the opening of a new Beverly Hills restaurant, Spaghettini & the Dave Koz Lounge, in summer 2014. Scott Howard, the new culinary director for both restaurants, and executive chef of the Beverly Hills location, will elevate the fine dining and live music experience in a space designed by Eric Rosen Architects. The restaurant will offer refined California-inspired Italian cuisine within a state-of-the-art music venue.

“Spaghettini & the Dave Koz Lounge is the product of a 12-year friendship between Laurie, Dave, and me,” says Hardwick. “We have poured our hearts into this new restaurant—a true amalgamation of our respective passions for fine dining and music—and we cannot wait to introduce Spaghettini and Scott to Beverly Hills. With Dave involved, you never know who’s going to show up!”

Hardwick and Sisneros opened the original Spaghettini in Seal Beach, CA in 1988, and have partnered with Koz to build upon the success of their first location by opening a more intimate dining and entertainment destination. “We have yet to come across a live music venue with a chef as talented as its guest musicians, so we’ve set out to fill that gap,” Hardwick says. “Scott’s culinary talents blew us away. We want guests to come to us for an unforgettable experience, one where food and performance are on equal footing.”

As executive chef, Howard will create new, ingredient-focused menus for Beverly Hills, evolve the lunch, dinner, and bar offerings in Seal Beach, and oversee the restaurants’ new “pasta lab.” In Beverly Hills, guests will still find some of their favorite signature Spaghettini dishes from Seal Beach, includingParmesan-Crusted Chilean Sea Bass with Yukon potato purée, baby squash, and lemon beurre blanc; and can expect new locally inspired Italian dishes such as Santa Barbara Sea Urchin with cucumber, jalapeño, and pickled cherry; and Orecchetti with six-hour Kurobuta pork bolognese, porcini mushrooms, and Pecorino.

Prior to Spaghettini, Howard was the driving force behind several critically acclaimed restaurants across the country, including Norman Van Aken’s Amano’s in Miami, FL; and San Francisco’s Fork, FIVE, Brick & Bottle, and his namesake restaurant, SCOTT HOWARD. Howard has received considerable critical praise throughout his career for his ingredient-focused flavor combinations and artful presentation, including two three-star reviews in the San Francisco Chronicle for his work at Fork and SCOTT HOWARD. Additionally, Howard received a “Future Star” accolade in Gourmet Magazine, and a nod from The New York Times’ “Top 50 Restaurants” for his work with Van Aken at Amano’s. He will bring his passion for local, sustainable ingredients to Spaghettini, preparing California cuisine with classic Italian accents.

Live performances will be carefully selected by partners Hardwick, Sisneros, and nine-time GRAMMY-nominee Dave Koz. As a platinum-selling artist with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Koz has collaborated with such artists as Burt Bacharach, Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Celine Dion, Shelby Lynne, Kenny Loggins, U2, Barry Manilow, Michael McDonald, Luther Vandross, Rod Stewart, and many others. Koz will also frequent the Spaghettini stage with world-class entertainment.

Hardwick and Sisneros are collaborating with Eric Rosen Architects to convert the previous home of Jack Taylor, “tailor to the stars,” into a fine dining and entertaining establishment. The space will be richly defined by the warm tones of reclaimed exposed ceiling beams, chiseled travertine stone, leather booths, and sculpted wall coverings made from recycled papers. The restaurant and lounge will be a textural landscape that echoes the rhythms and syncopation of both the music and the food. The club’s acoustics hold the highest priority, and as such, the partners are working with Martin Audio to generate the best sound quality possible. Additionally, Spaghettini will feature a stage hidden by graphic resin panels, which will only be revealed during late-night hours to allow for Howard’s food and the overall dining experience to take center stage during meals. Once the panels rise, every seat in the house will have unobstructed views of the live performances.

Spaghettini & the Dave Koz Lounge will be located at 184 N. Canon Dr. in Beverly Hills, CA, and will open in summer 2014. The restaurant will serve lunch, dinner, late-night dining, and weekend brunch, with live musical performances as scheduled. For more information, please visit