Five Crowns is pleased to announce that interior and exterior renovations to the landmark restaurant are currently underway. "As a company and as a family, we're committed to excellence and longevity. We build restaurants to last," said Ryan O'Melveny Wilson, Corporate Executive Chef and Vice President. "What we're doing will maintain Five Crowns' distinctive character and will also help define fine dining for the next generation. We plan to be a part of this community for fifty more years." The coming revitalization continues the renowned English-style restaurant’s yearlong 50th anniversary celebration. Like the expanded menu introduced last spring, the building’s changes honor its history while opening a new door to the future.
Five Crowns collaborated with Hatch Design Group, YYES Design Studio, Robertson Hill Architecture and Roger’s Gardens to develop a two-phase renovation plan. Phase one, currently underway and slated for completion in the fall, focuses on the exterior façade, new landscape design, interior colors, finishes and tabletops.
An eye-catching new pole sign will shine with a boldly re-imagined Five Crowns logo. A fresh two-color palette on the exterior walls – embellished with classic British inn decorative details – will present a striking new look to passersby. The restaurant’s front door will be relocated to face Pacific Coast Highway, creating a more welcoming approach to the building. The refreshed landscaping continues Five Crowns’ historic English garden theme and circles the entire property, including both the Coast Highway and Poppy Street elevations, the back garden and the Five Crowns parking lot. Lush topiaries, boxwood hedges and a large raised vegetable bed as well as Southern California aromatics including lavender, rosemary, sage and several citrus trees have been incorporated.
“We’re bringing back artifacts that are important to our history,” Wilson says. “In 1936, Matilda MacCulloch commissioned the building of the English-style inn that became the Five Crowns. We’re hanging a set of oars her son used at Oxford University and a marvelous antique rowboat in the Nelson room. We also have a replica of a 13th century statue known as Sir Nigel – our “oldest guest”– who has been with us since we opened. We’re making changes, but we’re also inviting people to embrace our history and all of the great stories that go along with it.” Energy will flow through the interior as new colors and finishes revitalize the entryway and dining areas. Vivid paints and daring wallpapers for the Crown, Nelson and Main dining rooms will replace the current mustard-hued walls to give each room a distinct ambiance. Handsome wooden tabletops will take the place of formal white linen tablecloths.
Phase two will launch in Spring 2016. The removal of some existing walls will provide a dramatic direct sightline from the restaurant’s entrance to a new greenhouse bar where intimate lounge seating and a redecorated patio will guarantee a lively scene. All of the interior and exterior modifications signal a new era for Five Crowns, ushering in new energy while paying homage to the past 50 years.