Dear naysayers—including myself (because I don’t want piped in music):
It’s a hit. I don’t like crowds, but I went. I didn’t hate it. Not at all. First I went last night to a soft opening (I’m sure there’s a joke in there with the difference between a hard and soft opening) of the restaurant Porta Via, and ate some delicious bruschetta with drizzled olive oil and just the right amount of sea salt.
Giving Caruso’s design team props: They made great use of the space. I felt like I went to the Hamptons. And, if you were at any of the town hall meetings—and I was—it was the look he was going for.
Also, all the activity at—as in just now, when I walked through for my third time in 24 hours—is sort of thrilling. New York is my favorite city because of the excitement. And, so far—it could be promising. Restaurants to try. And, I will. You know—when they aren’t “fully committed.”
I approve and will start calling it by its given name: Palisades Village. And, I won’t keep calling it Grove West.
P.S. Please don’t park on my block. Embury. Thanks.
I looked up “obsequious” in the dictionary and it said “see Pali-Post fawning over Caruso on front page of 9/20/18 issue.” When I looked up “genuflecting” I found the same answer.
A huge shout out to the wonderful Rustic Night Team 2018: Thank you for investing time, talent, resources and spirit in the effort to improve and restore our public space, the Rustic Canyon Park and Recreation Center.
Thank you to Paige Barnes (senior recreation facility director), LaWanna Becker, Christine Card, David Card, John Coven, Jona Frank, Kathryne Garcia, Felix Sahig Lebanese, Greg Martin, Yana Mendoza, Marla Meyer, Kara Nao, Laurel Donohugh Burks, Alan Burks, James Nelson, Alex Rockwell, Rrivre, Alia Ollikainen, Jack Silliman, Julie Silliman, Richard Stromberg, Valerie Van Galder, Randy Young, Isabel Thomas, Steve Slavkin, Sarah Slavkin, Ronnie Anderson, Harald Zwart, Zander Zwart, Elizabeth Hopper, Tennessee King, Stella Zwart, Lisa Onodera Spence, Kim Holland, Jona Frank, Tara Amiel from Estate Coffee, Elisabet Spaulding from Uplifters Café, Keith and Timory King, Amy Hopper, Elissa Robbins, Linda Rosendal, Moye Thompsen, Doug Suisman, Designers Rug Resource, The Gift Garden, SMCCA, and LA city.
Thank you to tennis team Ped Rouhafza, Austin Doerner, Scott Jansing, Emil Gladstone and Andrew Bell. To Milo and Olive for catering, Design Works for decorations/pipe and drape, G2 Audio and Lighting for lighting, Angel City Food, Pono Burger and Sweet Rose Creamery.
Thank you to dancers Olivia Asserr, Lisa Clarke, Fredrick Fielding, Jeremy Lizardo, Ashley Perretta, Keli Rowley, Paul Samson, Susan Samson and Zander Thiele, and music by Johnny Hatton trio and vocalist Rosann Limeres.
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