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Take a Stroll Around the Renovated Big 4

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[Photos: Patricia Chang]

If you were one of the many folks worried that the historic Big 4 would change, fret not: it's looking much the same in its new incarnation at the remodeled Scarlet Huntington Hotel, where it reopened last night. The green leather banquettes, old paintings, grand piano, gorgeous bar, and other trappings are present and accounted for, and previous reports that the white tablecloths were done for turned out to be premature. New carpet and plumbing and spiffed-up fixtures are the main changes.

New chef Kevin Scott won't be on menu duty until May 23, and the Puccini Group has designed an interim menu which he'll change over time. The fare is still simple and hearty, in keeping with the revised space, though there's no big game to be seen. Expect pan-fried sand dabs, cioppino, a pork chop, a Cobb salad, and vegetable pasta, all of which are definitely clocking in at high hotel prices. The cocktails have also gotten an update, with classics like the Vesper and daiquiri joined by barrel-aged options (including an Old Pal and Loretto), and riffs on a Last Word (with mezcal!) and Manhattan (with rye, maraschino liqueur, and walnut bitters). Expect to see many of the former bartenders and staff still working the room. Here's the full menu, and the full drink menu.

Hours are daily from 5:30-10 pm, with breakfast offered 6:30-10:30 am. Lunch service will arrive soon, and we'll provide an update when the new menu drops.

· Kevin Scott Is Big 4's New Chef [~ ESF ~]
· Chef Gloria Ciccarone-Nehls Leaves Big 4 [~ ESF ~]
· The Big 4 Is Staying Mostly the Same After Renovation [~ ESF ~]

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