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Last Night at Vernetti – May 25!

Save the Date — May 25 for the Last Night at Vernetti.

If you’re trying to plan your last dinner at Vernetti restaurant before it closes, save the date — Thursday, May 25! You can enjoy Vernetti’s wonderful cuisine one more time and help raise funds to continue Larchmont’s bistro light project to install lights in the city parking lot to create a welcoming place for events such as a night market, summer movie nights and more.

Thanks to the generosity of Joanna and Steve Vernetti, our most visible placemaking effort, the installation of the bistro lights on Larchmont Blvd., will get another round of contributions from guests who want to celebrate the Vernettis and their lasting impact on the street. When Vernetti opened nearly 10 years ago, it raised the bar for food on Larchmont. It was also the first Larchmont Blvd. restaurant to install a dining platform to serve customers outdoors during the pandemic, complete with bistro lights. So it’s only fitting that we can toast the Vernettis’ generosity with one last dinner at the venue.

Everyone is invited to the Last Night at Vernetti. Tickets are $125 per person (includes dinner with starter glass of wine!), and proceeds will support the continuation of the Larchmont Bistro Lights project, a joint effort of the Larchmont Village BID and the Larchmont Boulevard Association.

Thanks to the generous donations of the following donors who have already contributed to the first phase of the project: American Commerical Properties, Wayne Hughes/Marvin Lotts; ARBA Group; City Council District 13 (under former City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell), Christina Development; Arash Danialfar; Hancock Park Homeowners Association; Thomas Kneafsey; Larchmont Buzz; Meyer/Blumenthal Family; Mick McCullough; Mizrahi Family; Muto-Little Costume; The Rubinfeld Family; Simms Development Company; Wilshire Rotary; and the Windsor Square Association.

The bistro lights on Larchmont have been discussed for a long time, but the Larchmont 2021 Community Conversation (organized by LBA, the BID, and neighborhood leaders) highlighted the community’s desire to beautify the street and create opportunities for more community interaction. More than 1,000 residents who participated in the survey following the conversations said the condition of the street was OK, but needed additional care and beautification.

“Neighbors who participated in our Larchmont 2021 conversations told us they would like to see improvements to the street,” Larchmont Village BID Executive Director Heather Duffy Boylston told the Buzz. “We took that to heart and started investigating high-impact ideas like these lights that will transform the street and create an even deeper sense of community – making our village safer, more festive, and more inviting to residents and visitors.”

The next phase of the bistro light project is to install lights crisscrossing the city-owned surface parking lot, transforming it into a space for evening events. Those events could include a night market, movie nights, concerts, and more. Additional suggestions are welcome. If you want to get involved in the placemaking efforts, please email the organizers at [email protected].

See you at the Last Night at Vernetti on Thursday May 25 — Click here for tickets. If you have questions, email [email protected]

Proceeds from the Last Night at Vernetti will fund installation of bistro lights over the city parking lot, making the space perfect for events like a night market or movie nights.
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Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard is the publisher of the Larchmont Buzz. Patty lives with her family in Fremont Place. She has been active in neighborhood issues since moving here in 1989. Her pictorial history, "Larchmont" for Arcadia Press is available at Chevalier's Books.

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