Hotel June’s debut & where to eat when you visit the inaugural Property
Later this summer, Proper Hospitality will open Hotel June, inspired by the soul and spirit of California and named to reflect new beginnings and summer sensibility, year-round. Hotel June is the first full-service, creative-leaning hotel to open between Santa Monica and LAX in over a decade. The first property, located at 8639 Lincoln Boulevard, Los Angeles, has additional locations to be announced later this year.
The inaugural property marks a new chapter for Proper. It caters to travelers who have a passion for design, dining and community, all at an accessible price point. Cofounders Brian De Lowe and Brad Korzen created Hotel June as the “every visit” hotel — a place for frequent casual stays for both corporate and leisure travelers and a go-to neighborhood hangout for locals.
Hotel June displays a modern and approachable design with coastal influences across the portfolio, celebrating elements characteristic to each market. The debut property seamlessly blends modern coastal California inflections with classic mid-century architecture, paying homage to the iconic nearby beaches and original building from renowned LA architect Welton Beckett. Award-winning design agency, Studio Collective, brings the relaxed and bright spirit of the West Coast to life with light natural woods, native fabrics, handmade tiles and local art.
With Hotel June’s mission to engage locals and celebrate emerging creatives, the communal spaces feature interactive and cultural programming distinctive to the property. Hotel June is home to live music, eclectic entertainment, inspiring talks, lively tastings and original excursions.
Here are a few of our favorite food spots to check out while you’re in town:
Dining institution Tam O’Shanter has served hearty pub fare in a cozy, old-world atmosphere in LA’s historic Atwater Village neighborhood since 1922. The nearly 100-year-old restaurant boasts multiple warm dining rooms adorned in English and Scottish decor, a lively bar area and an expansive outdoor patio. Beverages include seasonal and large-format cocktails in addition to a nonpareil collection of over 350 scotches and whiskeys from around the globe, featuring several rare bottles from now-closed distilleries and other seldom-seen and independent varieties.
Chef and founder Tal Ronnen offers sophisticated plant-based fare at his upscale vegan restaurant, Crossroads, in the heart of West Hollywood. Ronnen first became known nationwide as the chef who prepared the meals for Oprah Winfrey’s 21-day cleanse and further made his culinary mark having catered several high-profile events, such as Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi’s wedding.
Gwen Butcher Shop & Restaurant
Gwen Butcher Shop & Restaurant is a world-class butcher shop and fine dining restaurant by chef Curtis Stone and his brother, Luke Stone, in Hollywood. The menu showcases fire-based S ‘ cooking techniques, along with pristine cuts and house-made charcuterie from the restaurant’s full-service, European-style butcher shop and custom-built dry-age room. The a la carte lunch and dinner menus offer raw bar selections and consciously sourced seafood and market-driven vegetables, along with large-format proteins prepared over the in-house fire pit.
Michael’s Santa Monica
Michael’s Santa Monica entered a new chapter in fall 2019 — on the heels of the restaurant’s 40th anniversary — with the arrival of chef Brian Bornemann. Since its genesis, Michael’s has been credited as an early pioneer of California cuisine with its market-driven plates that utilize local produce and hyper-seasonal ingredients. Bornemann’s menu explores coastal Mediterranean cuisine through a California lens and marries the freshest Japanese fish with Baja preparations while honoring old world techniques in handmade pasta and butchery. Crafted to complement Bornemann’s menu, a new cocktail program by beverage director Gabriel Perez showcases diverse flavors with ingredients from Santa Monica’s local farmer’s market.
Opened in 2014 and located in Beverly Hills, Maude is chef Curtis Stone’s first solo restaurant. Featuring a multi-course tasting experience inspired by wine regions around the world, the menu at Maude rotates quarterly. The team travels to each region ahead of the menu debut to research the culture, history, food and wine of the territory. These experiences are interpreted into the menu offerings at Maude by Stone and executive chef, Chris Flint, which marry region-specific traditions and dishes with Southern California sensibilities.