It’s been six years since Neal and Amy Fraser decided to open their restaurant Redbird in the former rectory of the St. Vibiana, a historic cathedral in downtown Los Angeles. (The name is an homage to the cardinals who once lived there.) After prolonged development, involving extensive construction and preservation, they opened the doors in December with a dining room and menu every bit as rich and diverse as the neighborhood they serve.
To open a restaurant in a religious landmark is a massive undertaking; to do so with your spouse and business partner adds another layer of ambition. Building on what they learned from past ventures, including BLD and the now-shuttered Grace, the Frasers have created a restaurant that expertly represents the creativity, energy and revitalization occurring in downtown Los Angeles today.
We sat down with Amy and Neal to learn the story behind the project — discovering the space, experimenting with the menu, and how they make the ultimate partners through a strong, shared vision.