Despite what you may have heard, underground pop-up dinners in Los Angeles aren't extinct; they've just gone further down the rabbit hole. Hence the forthcoming expansion of Dinner Lab, a nationwide private pop-up dinner service that looks to marry the experience of fine dining, seriously out-of-the-box dinner destinations and lots and lots of data (more on that in a minute).
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The Dinner Lab crew, helmed by Brian Bordainick and a few of his closest friends, grew out of a mutual frustration at the late night dining scene in New Orleans. Despite some of the friendliest drinking laws in the country, New Orleans' late night food options have been nearly non-existent for years, which led Bordainick and his pals to begin a series of twilight pop-up dinners throughout the city. Without the proper permitting, know-how or capital to operate within a fully operational restaurant, the group would throw dinner parties in warehouses, on rooftops -- basically anywhere that seemed cool and had running water.
After retooling their business model to, you know, try and actually make some money, the Dinner Lab team was officially formed, with the idea of creating a private yearly membership of willing diners who would plunk down the annual fee plus the cost of a coursed-out and drink-paired meal in some of the area's most obscure and eclectic settings.
Dinner Labs now exist in New York City, Austin, Nashville and New Orleans, pushing the same communal dining agenda in a variety of unique locations. And this week -- in fact, today, on Wed., Sept. 25 -- it's finally coming to Los Angeles. More »