Phil Howard and Dean McKillen
Phil Howard and Dean McKillen a year and a half ago turned Laurel Hardware, a hardware store that opened in 1946, into what is undoubtedly the most glamorous restaurant in WeHo (without even changing its name!). We’re not talking about the food, although it is good. We’re talking about the decor, especially the dramatic glass wall at the rear with the garden view. But what Howard and McKillen also have managed to do is make WeHo Central, a formerly dull few blocks on Santa Monica Boulevard where Laurel Hardware is located, a hot spot, as evidenced by the lines of beautiful girls and boys standing in line on a weekend night to get in.