Saturday, April 26, 2008

Copper: Hue of Cool Comfort

The Copper Room may be off the beaten path, but cool cats are making themselves at home in this sultry restaurant and lounge that’s part and parcel of San Pedro’s urban renaissance.

Hitting its stride three years after converting the former Olson’s restaurant, the Copper Room is gaining wide appeal.

The comfortably chic bar and global-fusion dining room are attracting professionals, blue-collar San Pedrans, young couples and old timers from the Harbor Area and beyond.

Owner Tom Meneshian set out to create a welcoming place and is pleased to draw a diverse clientele.

“My menu reflects the diversity of the community and so do my customers,” said Meneshian, who moved to San Pedro when he opened the business in 2005.

Among his secret assets is a back patio. The recently remodeled patio features a fountain with running water, creating what Meneshian calls an “oasis-like hideaway.”

The patio will be the site of special summer events, including a beer garden, a cigar and spirits pairing and live music.

The Copper Room is now featuring live music on Last Thursdays, its new series to spotlight dining and the arts at a different time and place than the First Thursday downtown artwalk.

Meneshian was inspired by the response to the Relay for Life fundraiser he recently hosted. (See preceding article).

“I fell in love with San Pedro when I visited looking for place to open my business,” he said. “I can’t see myself ever leaving. I love it here and look forward to doing more projects with the community.”

Socializing in the Copper Room bar and lounge.

Mara, left, and Ante Novaselic, right, are acoustic musicians who performed in the dining room on April 24. The duo will return on May 29 for the Copper Room’s monthly Last Thursday celebration.

Friends of the musicians and other cool cats enjoyed the easygoing, smooth tunes.

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