Gwen Butcher Shop & Restaurant is the second restaurant from fine dining chef Curtis Stone (of Maude) and the first he’s opening with his brother Luke Stone. Gwen is both a European-style, chef-driven butcher shop and a restaurant that is redefining fine dining in LA. The opening of Gwen is a decade-long dream realized for Curtis and Luke, who were first inspired by Gwen’s namesake: their maternal grandmother who lived on a farm outside of Melbourne. It was on Gwen’s farm where they were first exposed to livestock farming, which instilled in them great respect for the process of raising animals for food. Both started their careers in a butcher shop, before Curtis went on to cook in Michelin-starred restaurants while Luke honed his business acumen as the owner and manager of Strathmore Flowers (which he grew to be one of Australia’s largest flower companies). Working together, they are bringing a world-class butcher shop and dining experience to Los Angeles.
The heart of the restaurant, Gwen’s butcher shop not only drives the offerings in the dining room, but also caters to the home cook in its premium selection of products and hands-on guidance. They find and make the best-tasting meats available to you, and also skillfully produce items like charcuterie, sausages and cook-ready foods prepared daily in-house. Working directly with ranchers and purveyors to source animals, Gwen’s butcher shop will bring back the traditional butchery practices, using only the best tasting product — all hormone-free, ethically raised and slaughtered.
Dinner at Gwen is more than a dining experience — it’s a visceral one, as you’re surrounded by raw meat visibly hanging in glass-enclosed dry age rooms and whole animals roasting over a fire pit. These age-old cooking techniques are presented in a beautifully composed chef’s feast featuring up to 20 dishes within the menu. The main event is meat-centric highlighting the best the butcher shop has to offer. Complementing the main event are seasonal sides that pull from the nearby Hollywood Farmers Market, just steps away from Gwen. Feel like really indulging? You can upgrade your menu with a choice from their supplement menu – think bone in dry aged rib eye Blackmore wagyu.
Luxe Tip: Visit the retail store and consult with their chef minded butchers and view their vast range of premium quality products from the US and beyond. They find and make the best-tasting meats available to you, and also skillfully produce items like charcuterie, sausages and cook-ready foods prepared daily in-house.
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