Eat & Drink & Rock & Roll
MARKET TAVERN, THE BRAINCHILD OF GARY TWINN, A RENOWNED U.K. MUSICIAN AND LONGTIME MANAGER OF E.B.'S. BEER & WINE AND BAR 326, IS A NEW BRITISH-CALIFORNIAN RESTAURANT THOUGHTFULLY INSPIRED BY THE VIBE OF THE FARMERS MARKET, GREAT FOOD, AND ROCK MUSIC.
At Gary's side is fellow Brit Chef Brendan Collins of Fia, Larry's, and Waterloo & City fame, who has developed a menu of English favorites with an emphasis on local ingredients. Stop by to experience a fantastic patio, rock 'n roll influence, and a slap-up full English breakfast available every day. Brendan's celebrated traditional English Roast, with all the trimmings, is available every Sunday afternoon and is, "Just like your mum used to make, only better!"
Born in West Ham, London, and raised in England and Australia, Gary Twinn took the rock scene by storm as a teenager, forming his ﬁrst glam punk band, Supernaut, in high school. Recognition from Paul McCartney catapulted the band to stardom, but it was Gary’s musicianship, song-writing and wild stage presence in Twenty Flight Rockers that lead to enduring critical acclaim and a devoted following. Venturing into LA’s vibrant food and drink industry, Gary brings his same exceptional standards. Market Tavern, his new restaurant at The Original Farmers Market, is a celebration of classic and contemporary English dishes, where the clientele revel in a spectacular homage to rock ‘n’ roll.
Gary reached out to LA’s renowned Chef Brendan Collins, also from Britain, to share his vision for the perfect British pub – from menu, to décor, to vibe. An inspiring partnership was formed and the Market Tavern was born, providing the famous Fairfax District neighborhood with a lively atmosphere in which to enjoy outstanding food and, of course, Premier League soccer.
Gary also manages nearby watering holes E.B.’s Beer & Wine and Bar 326, both located within the iconic market, showcasing the very best, locally produced, wines and beers. With 24 of Los Angeles and San Diego counties’ newest and hardest-to-come-by craft beers on tap at any one time, Gary’s initial concept to support his local microbreweries has turned Bar 326 into a destination hotspot for LA’s discerning beer enthusiasts.
When the stars align, Gary jumps back on stage with lifelong friends, former Sex Pistol Glen Matlock, Blondie drummer Clem Burke and English punk guitarist James Stevenson to perform as The International Swingers. On the occasional balmy Los Angeles evening, they have been known to rock the whole market from the patio at EB’s. And they will do again.
Quitting high school at 15 rarely turns out well.
In Brendan’s case, after a healthy dose of French culinary training, he landed on his feet at London’s famed, two Michelin-starred love letter to gastronomy, Le Gavroche. He never looked back. His dedicated fans have been reaping the rewards ever since.
After 10 years at the pinnacle of London’s restaurant scene, part of the team garnering a Michelin star at Marco Pierre White at Quo Vadis, Brendan was lured to Los Angeles by celebrated chef, Josiah Citrin. During Brendan’s tenure, Citrin's acclaimed Melise in Santa Monica became one of California's first two-Michelin-star dining destinations. It was the start of a dizzying journey to become one of California’s most celebrated chefs and the first to introduce the gastropub concept to Los Angeles with, his much loved, Waterloo & City.
Today, Fia, occupying the iconic, former Wilshire space, remains one of the critics’ favorites, and to complement this much-loved eatery, Brendan has launched a new star in the Chef Collins firmament. Market Tavern is a charismatic celebration of his English roots. The lively gastropub at the Original Farmers Market pays homage to London’s hip pub scene while drawing inspiration from California’s bountiful ingredients. The menu includes Brendan’s renowned charcuterie and his unique spin on epic British classics, such as Fish ‘n’ Chips, Full English Breakfast and the traditional Sunday Roast.
For Brendan’s avid followers and LA’s plentiful British denizens, Market Tavern puts the Beverly Grove neighborhood very firmly on the culinary map.