Eggslut’s Alvin Cailan Launches ‘The Usual’ at the Nolitan on July 13
For the Nolitan Hotel on Kenmare Street, the usual has been a ground floor bereft of activity. Several dining concepts tossed the dice here over the years, yet none succeeded. Next at the plate is Eggslut founder Alvin Cailan, who is opening a standalone restaurant here in two weeks.
Dubbed The Usual, this new eatery focuses on “immigrant-inspired” foods that include fried chicken, burgers, flatbreads, and a chocolate cake. The goal, of course, is to become a “neighborhood spot,” rather than a destination for foodies.
The Usual began serving area diners in a soft launch capacity this past weekend. It’ll do the same next weekend ahead of the official opening the following Friday (July 13).
Cailan started cooking in New York City with Chefs Club Counter, testing out various concepts including breakfast sandwich spot Eggslut, which is also a popular Los Angeles destination.
It’s also worth remembering that The Nolitan Hotel has struggled since its 2011 inception with sheltering a permanent food-and-beverage operator in its base. Cantine Parisienne debuted a couple years later, but closed in 2016. Sixteen-year stalwart, Bread, follwowed shortly thereafter, having moved here from Spring Street. It barely last a year.