We had the good fortune of connecting with Jeremy Allen and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jeremy, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
Bars and Restaurants could be described by some as the heart and soul of a neighborhood. MiniBar Hollywood’s mission statement was to add a service that elevated the neighborhood, and to provide the neighbors with the service and the warm and welcoming space they deserved. I fully think we accomplished that, and now we have been here long enough to have seen and shared in the cycle of life- we have had first dates, proposals and engagements, we have had regulars get married and have children, and unfortunately we have had some regulars pass along to the next world, thought their spirits remain with us. The neighborhood was quick to adopt the bar and treat it as their own, which is all we could ever ask for. To be an actual part of their lives. I am ceaselessly amazed at the people who come to the MiniBar, people who literally could spend their time anywhere in the world, who choose to spend it with us, in this magical little room. It’s all about connecting with people, and I have witnessed many instances of magic at this bar. We call them “MiniBar Moments.”
What should our readers know about your business?
MiniBar Hollywood is what they call a neighborhood gem, but that neighborhood happens to be the Hollywood Hills, which means our infuence is somewhat outsized and we are lucky enough to be frequented by some of the world’s foremost creatives, from musicians and writers to directors, architects, professors, photographers, and actors. At the same time, we are know for our genuine yet understated professionalism, as in we know all the motions of true top level service but we try not to bother with the charade of it, we search for the balance of being yourself while accomplishing high level performances. Building the loyal foundation of the best customers on Earth of course is not easy, it’s something we had to do one person at a time, each and every day. But it pays off, because we know that every single day when we do open those doors, some of the world’s most-interesting, genuine, generous and gracious personalities will walk through them and share their light with us. It truly is a pleasure to spend time behind this bar, with the regulars that choose to spend time here. This year is different of course, in regards to indoor gatherings, but we have found ways to keep in touch with our people in safe ways. What we want people to know about MIniBar Hollywood is that this is a safe space for genuine community, and also that it’s nearly impossible to have a bad time here. So don’t even try… Recently however, we are mobile on the streets, as a delivery truck playing jams and safely serving the sidewalks and parking lots of Los Angeles… hit us up for picnics, outdoor weddings, and popups-info@MiniBarHollywood.com.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well I think I have my routine pretty figured out, so when people visit it’s easy to share the good times with them. We hit all the obvious don’t miss spots- up the stairs into Griffith and down the back side, Home State breakfast tacos for lunch, Koreatown after dark. You gotta do the drive up into the HollyI and then Mulholland to the beach. Dinner in Venice while you wait for traffic to die down. I also always try to do a bar crawl downtown. The obvious disclaimer here is that currently, your best friend should not be travelling for recreation, and obviously you would not be joyriding around LA. Unfortunately, right now is time for a different, less in-person socially, kind of exploring, Now, if someone were to visit, I guess I would take them for a spin in our Cocktail Delivery Vehicle aka Ice Cream truck, @TheMartiniMobile.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Well obviously I gotta shoutout Warner and Brandon (Little Dom’s + The 101 Coffee Shop MiniBar Hollywood) for trusting me to run my own little island, and providing just the right amount of guidance when needed. I’ve been fortunate to have had a run of awesome bosses- before Warner and Brandon I got to spend a year with Cyrus at Lock & Key. I’ve been lucky to learn from a great group of chefs, servers, bartenders, and managers along the way. Hopefully something worthwhile rubs off on the people that work with me. It’s a balance between “Keep your mouth shut and your eyes and ears open. but don’t be afraid to ask anything.”
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