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 is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 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. She is the founder of the website WeSaidGoTravel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. Niver is represented by Chip MacGregor of MacGregor Literary, Inc. With more than 150,000 followers across social media, she has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on Twitter and listed on IMDb, and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. You can find Lisa Niver talking travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, Satellite Media Tours, The Jet Set TV and Orbitz travel webisodes as well as her YouTube channel, where her WeSaidGoTravel videos have over 1.6 million views. After three months on TikTok, Instagram Reels, Facebook Reels and YouTube Shorts, she had over 500,000 (1/2 million) views. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors and been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She has been a judge for the Gracie Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media, and has run 15 travel competitions on her website, publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards and been a finalist twenty times.   Niver has published more than 2000 articles, in more than three dozen magazines and journals including National Geographic, Wired, Teen Vogue, HuffPost Personal, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, AAA Explorer Magazine, American Airways, Delta Sky, enRoute (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, BuzzFeed, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, USA Today, TODAY, Wharton Magazine, and Yahoo. Awards National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards 2021 Winner: Book Critic: Ms. Magazine “Untamed: Brave Means Living From the Inside Out” 2019 Winner: Soft News Feature for Film/TV: KTLA TV “Oscars Countdown to Gold with Lisa Niver” 2019 Finalist for: Soft News, Business/Music/Tech/Art Southern California Journalism Awards 2022 Finalist: Book Criticism 2021 Winner: Technology Reporting 2021 Finalist: Book Criticism 2020 Winner: Print Magazine Feature: Hemispheres Magazine, “Painter by the Numbers, Rembrandt” 2020 Finalist: Online Journalist of the Year, Activism Journalism, Educational Reporting, Broadcast Lifestyle Feature 2019 Finalist: Broadcast Television Lifestyle Segment for “Ogden Ski Getaway” 2018 Finalist: Science/Technology Reporting, Travel Reporting, Personality Profile 2017 Winner: Print Column “A Journey to Freedom over Three Passovers” Social Media Presence YouTube Channel: We Said Go Travel (1.6 million views) Short form video:TikTok, Instagram Reels, Facebook Reels, YouTube Shorts Twitter: lisaniver (90,000 followers) Instagram: lisaniver (24,000 followers) Pinterest: We Said Go Travel (20,000 followers and over 70,000 monthly views) Facebook: lisa.niver (5,000 followers); We Said Go Travel (3,000 followers) LinkedIn: lisaellenniver (9000 contacts)

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