Hollywood: The NICE GUY is OPEN!


What is The NICE GUY? The latest bar lounge hybrid experience from John Tezian, Brian Toll, Markus Molinari and Adam Koral of The h.wood Group.

John Terzian says, “This is [The h.wood group’s] first venture into a restaurant/lounge concept, it was an organic step for our brand, we created a fun and upscale lounge atmosphere that has been lacking in Los Angeles.”

And guess what this time —  NICE GUYs will #FinishFirst!



The press preview dinner Thursday night was fantastic and the grand opening is tonight Friday, August 22, 2014.

The NICE GUY is a cozy Italian-inspired lounge that is a reservation-only destination.



Benjamin Russo and I showing off The Punch Bowl at The NICE GUY.

Christopher and Cameron, our top-notch friendly bartenders, suggested that it can serve up to 15! Perfect for your next party.



We tasted two of the pizzas, the DUCK BAHN MI with Duck Confit, Fontina, Pickled Carrots, Thai Basil, Sriracha and the 
FIGS, CARAMELIZED ONIONS, GORGONZOLA, BASALMIC GLAZE,THYME. I am ready for another Fig and Gorgozola pizza right now! I also loved the meatballs with spicy tomato sauce and crispy basil.



Nicole, John, Katie and I took suggestions from our wonderful server, Codi, and tasted three of the tempting dessert creations. The fresh baked chocolate chip cookies still warm from the oven, the Affogato with hazelnut ice cream and the made to order donuts with chocolate and hazelnut glaze. Who can resist fresh chocolate chip cookies? They were great but definitely go with the donuts! (in photo: Katie, Lisa, Ben and Diane)



Katie sat in the flower-patterned comfy booth to enjoy the sultry sounds of live piano playing and singing. Come here to swoon with the 50’s inspired décor and discover new friends at the traditional Chef’s table. We made many new friends and cannot wait to return for the savory taste sensations!


The 411: The NICE GUY

Reservations Required 310.360.9500

Hours: 6pm-2am. Late Night Menu begins at 11pm. Open everyday but Monday.

Address: 401 N La Cienega, between Melrose and Beverly, 90048

Valet Parking: $10

Chef John Carlos Kuramoto (formerly of Michaels in Santa Monica) says “guests will enjoy a full menu ranging from healthy to the unexpected!”

Mixologist: Brian Stewart (formerly of Soho House LA)

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a science teacher and is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. You can find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over 1.3 million views on her YouTube channel. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed an Olympic swimmer and numerous bestselling authors and has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. She was named both a Top 10 Travel Influencer and a Top 50 Female Influencer for 2021 by Afluencer and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. She has been nominated for the inaugural Forbes 50 over 50/Know Your Value list due out in Summer 2021. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best and has more than 150,000 followers across social media. Niver is a judge for the Gracies Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media and has also run 15 travel competitions publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries on We Said Go Travel. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded two Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards. From 2017 to 2021 in the Southern California Journalism Awards and National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards, she has won four times for her broadcast television segments, print and digital articles. Niver won in 2021 as Book Critic and in 2019 for one of her KTLA TV segments NAEJ (National Arts and Entertainment Journalism) award. Niver won an award for her print magazine article for Hemispheres Magazine for United Airlines in the 2020 Southern California Journalism Awards and a 2017 Southern California Journalism Award for her print story for the Jewish Journal. Niver has written for National Geographic, USA Today 10best, TODAY, Teen Vogue, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave(ish): It's All About Perspective 50 Adventures Before 50,” about her most recent travels and insights. When she's not SCUBA diving or in her art studio making ceramics, she's helping people find their next dream trip.  http://lisaniver.com/one-page/

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