We Know WeHo: David Cooley

“It’s reopening day.
We’ve administered over 40 million vaccines.
Now …
No more social distancing.
No more capacity limits.}
No more colors or county tiers.
And if you’re vaccinated — no more masks.
It’s a good day.”
@gavinnewsom via Instagram

It is indeed a good day. June has always been met with a celebratory “Happy Pride” greeting throughout our WeHo village, and we really missed our celebrations last year. With this announcement this week, the City is buzzing.

On the forefront of that buzz, is The Abbey. Their IG feed is full of The Roaring 20’s. This episode, the girls welcomed
Todd Barnes, the General Manager of the Abbey to share some of the history of the iconic spot and some of fun stuff they have lined up.

But first, highlights from this episode:

Eat & Drink: Cecconi’s, Greenblatt’s, Shake Shack, Soulmate Restaurant, The Abbey, Tom Tom Bar, Ysabel

Design: Kelly Wearstler Interior Design

Health, Beauty & Wellness: Remedy Place Ice Bath, Rooftop Yoga at Le Parc

Pool Day Staycations: Chamberlain Hotel, The Grafton, Le Montrose Le Parc Suite Hotel, Resort Pass

Stay: Chamberlain Hotel, Le Parc Suite Hotel, West Hollywood Travel and Tourism (book your staycation)

This week’s Guest

The Abbey was founded by David Cooley in 1991 and got its start as a small coffee shop. Over the past 30 years the
Abbey has grown to become a West Hollywood institution, home of the Gay Walk of Fame, Elizabeth Taylor’s favorite pub, and a community center. A favorite of celebrities, locals and tourists alike, there is no better place to meet old friends, make new ones, enjoy a generous 10-ounce martini, eat a delicious meal and just kick back and have fun. Insider tip: the bakery inside has delicious sweets and the key lime pie and ding dong are not to be missed!

Todd Barnes has been the General Manager at The Abbey for almost 15 years. Over the last decade, Todd has carried out operations for some of the largest events, fundraisers and celebratory occasions at The Abbey, helping create memorable moments for the LGBTQ community and the City of West Hollywood.

Todd’s Picks: all The Abbey’s neighbors….Pump, Bottega Louie, Mickey’s, Rocco’s

That’s a wrap for this episode! Make sure to follow the podcast on Apple edited by Tracy, read more at Maxine’s blog, and check out our Instagram curated by Lauren for daily deals and more. Happy Pride!

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1 year ago


Last edited 1 year ago by Taylor
1 year ago

Not a fan of his. Plays victim too often and it’s getting old. (although I do respect him as a businessman and applaud his success)

Jim Nasium
Jim Nasium
1 year ago

It took three people to write this?!

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