Squeaky Bean squeezes out a test run on Friday

Squeaky Bean, the Highland restaurant at 3301 Tejon Street that's been serving breakfast and lunch since the second week of May, will open for dinner Wednesday, July  8, but you can get a sneak preview of the night-time menu during a test run on Friday, July 3, when exec chef Max Mackissock, pastry chef Smiley Alward (the former assistant pastry chef at Rioja) and owner Johnny Ballen roll out a seven-course menu, paired with seven wines (and maybe a few cocktails just for fun and snacks like cheesy poofs, just because) for $70 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity.

"I'm going to play with a lot of stuff that's on the menu, but that we haven't really had a chance to cook yet," says Mackissocok. "Things have been going unbelievably well for us and we've been building momentum at a really nice pace, and now were totally ready to start serving dinner."

Here's the tentative menu:

White tomato soup
Beef carpaccio
Summer squash gratin
Eggplant caponata
Olive oil poached halibut cheeks
Tuna two ways
Trio of beans, as in vanilla bean, coffee bean and cocoa bean, for a sweet finale

And here's the caveat: There are exactly 35 seats available for Friday's dinner, of which there are only a dozen left, so if you want in, then you need to call 303-284-0053, like now.
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