Wave Lounge, a new restaurant/bar/lounge open at 115 S. 20th Avenue in Downtown Hollywood, promises to enhance the city's multi-national aura with food, music and dance that echoes the passions and international travels of its owners, a family of Eastern European professional figure skating stars.
Andrey Baka and his wife Victoriya Glichenko were both Ukrainian national figure skating champions, and daughter Antonina Rusetskaya, who came up with the idea for an international lounge, skated in the US Nationals. The family has traveled the world working for such varied entertainment venues as Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and Broadway on Ice.
"We are excited to be finally staying in one place, together," said Baka.
The large, softly-lit space has been beautifully redesigned to create smaller, more intimate areas for patrons to eat, drink and talk. It features a large screen TV, a DJ and dance floor, and a stage, keeping open the possibility of live entertainment in the future.
Menu highlights for the Wave restaurant include a hot appetizer of baked mussels under a cheese cap with Teriyaki sauce for $15.99; a cold appetizer of liver terrine on toast with tangerine marmalade for $18.00; and a seafood salad with shrimp, baby octopus, mussels and scallops served in seashells for $19.99. For the main course, there’s a hot skillet with four types of meat and vegetables at $29.00; and fried scallops with pumpkin puree and ginger at $21.00. The most popular dish so far has been the grilled octopus at $20.00. There are also a full range of desserts and a full children's menu.
The Wave is designed to attract a multi-national market, with music and dancing ranging from Russian to Spanish to American classic. It features a full bar, a full dinner menu with French/Italian contemporary food, a hookah bar, and Karaoke on Tuesdays and Sundays.
"We decided to open in Hollywood mostly because there is a big Russian-speaking community here and nearby," said Rusetskaya. "We are going for a mixed crowd."
Added her father, "We feel that Hollywood is perfect for attracting both tourists and locals."
The Wave Lounge is open from 8 pm - 2 am, Tuesday - Sunday.
For more information, please contact 954-367-5644, firstname.lastname@example.org, or at www.instagram.com/waveloungehollywood.