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New Bar/Restaurant Public School 818 to Open in Sherman Oaks in Winter 2014

[Update May 14,  2015]: Public School 818 opened in March 2015 located at 15300 Ventura Blvd #102G at the corner of Ventura Blvd and Sepulveda across from the Sherman Oaks Galleria. The location appears to be doing well as it has a 4.5 rating from 140 reviews on Yelp at the time of writing this post. You can review Yelp and Ventura Blvd reviews. 

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Check out the press release of a new restaurant/bar coming to the Sherman Oaks area. Public School on Tap already has existing locations in  DTLA (612), Westlake Village (805), and Culver City (310). Now there is an 818 version coming.
Public School 818, is not the kind of public school you might be thinking of; it is a full-service restaurant and bar that delivers “An Education in the Art of Food and Beer.” Restaurateur and San Fernando Valley native Bob Spivak is calling class into session this winter in Sherman Oaks at the highly trafficked intersection of Sepulveda and Ventura Blvd. Spivak is looking to bring his passion for quality gastropub fare and craft beer to The Valley. “Sherman Oaks seemed like a natural fit for Public School,” Spivak said. “The residents in the area have shown an affinity for great dining destinations and the proximity to the Galleria is sure to make PS818 a top destination for locals.”

The chef-driven menu developed by Executive Chef Phil Kastel features Public School classics such as Bacon Cheddar Tots served with Sriracha Ketchup, Colorado Lamb Burger served with Tomato Cranberry Jam, Arugula, and Brie, and Shrimp & Grafton Cheddar Grits. Kastel promises, “Expect to see a few new items unique to 818 before opening this winter – it’s hard to say now what I will come up with by then. Food is an art.”

At Public School, the beer is equally as important as the food. With a draft list featuring 24 craft beers and more than half of them rotating to feature seasonal and regional brews; there will be something for everyone. Public School serves up artisanal cocktails and even offers wine “on tap” since it’s served from wine kegs. “Recess,” elsewhere known as happy hour, will bring a smattering of $4, $5, $6 or $7 items such as Speck & Eggs, Parmesan Truffle Fries and Mac & Cheese to be paired a few hours a day with lower-priced beer and cocktail selections.

“We know our guests are eager to try something new and exciting when it comes to beer and cocktails. We strive to keep changing our selections,” Beverage Director, Rob Robertson said. “While we can’t predict what will be on tap when we open this winter, we know that it will be seasonal offerings from our regional partners as well as local favorites.”

Public School 818 was designed by Vice President of Architecture and Design, Mike Weinstock, alongside Kelly Architects. The décor evokes nostalgic memories of a classroom through the use of semi-precious materials (like tile, wood and steel) juxtaposed with refined chrome furniture and light fixtures. Guests will be ‘schooled’ at a mixture of communal tables, booths and traditional indoor and outdoor dining tables.

Weinstock and his team have incorporated several distinct features into PS818. The design will utilize mathematical equations in fun and creative ways – a cosine wall mural will transport guests back to trigonometry class, and the large street-facing patio is semi-enclosed by glass walls that mimic the windows of a classroom. To further encourage extracurricular activities, there will be a full size shuffle board table and two dart boards.

Public School 818 will have a private dining room, known as “The Classroom”. The Classroom is a raw space with an implied ceiling defined by the conduits to its many hanging light fixtures. The room sits adjacent to the large two-sided bar, easily accessible through sliding barn-style doors in the main dining room. The Classroom creates the perfect environment for a birthday party, after work cocktails, a casual meeting and of course – classes! The space will play host the beer/cocktail classes synonymous with Public School, i.e. Beer 101. Classes are generally held every two to three months and are exclusively promoted through The Honor Roll, Public School’s email database.

The location will offer valet parking, as well as a large free self-parking lot.  PS 818 is just across the street from the Sherman Oaks Galleria – perfect for pre and post movie theatre dining.

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