Woolsey Fire Damages Malibu Cocktail Destination, Prompting Temporary Closure


Matthew Biancaniello’s ambitious drink omakase hopes to reopen by Spring 2019


As one of Southern California’s largest fires, the Woolsey Fire damaged hundreds of properties, including the recently-opened Mon-Li at The Calamigos Beach Club. Cocktail innovator Matthew Biancaniello opened the twelve-seat omakase food and drink eatery in early October, only to temporarily close it until 2019.


To get a sense of the fire’s scale, last week the Los Angeles Fire Department compared the Woolsey Fire’s to the city of Denver. Mon-Li is on the grounds of the Calamigos Beach Club. The fire charred the grounds and damaged the property’s electrical system. Biancaniello estimates the restaurant will reopen sometime in the Spring after they complete repairs.


Source: Eater LA


The Mon-Li family thanks you for your continued support. Stay tuned for updates. We look forward to welcoming you to Mon-Li as soon as possible.

Welcome to Mon-Li


Mon-Li is a 12 person, 12-course liquid tasting menu created by Cocktail Chef Matthew Biancaniello.


Overlooking the Pacific Ocean in the heart of Malibu, the experience transports you to the Mediterranean where you traverse multiple spaces throughout the evening.


Matthew fuses the worlds of food and alcohol using ingredients from local farmers markets, the Santa Monica mountains, and the bar’s garden.


Journey through 12 sips of culinary treats supplemented by 5 courses of sustainable bites. The experience lasts up to 2 hours with an option to stay longer and enjoy rare infusions and spirits.


We look forward to sharing with you an evening like no other.

Meet Cocktail Chef Matthew Biancaniello


Matthew Biancaniello creates adventurous cocktail experiences. He formulates cocktails based on farm-fresh and unique, organic ingredients.


Biancaniello’s creations are based off of seasonal ingredients and unlikely pairings. His use of the freshest ingredients and his hunger for experimentation are what set him apart from the rest.


This is the art of omakase, honoring how the guest and bartender create a special experience together.


Savor what Chef Biancaniello has in store at Mon-Li.

Lounge. Breathe. Relax.


The Calamigos Beach Club is a breathtaking five acre ranch along the Malibu coast where Latigo Canyon meets the Pacific Coast Highway. The location offers a beachy mid-century vibe throughout with incredible views of the Pacific Ocean from every window.


Since 1947, the Gerson Family has owned and operated the Calamigos Ranch. With over 75 years of hospitality in the Santa Monica Mountains, our goal is to create an experience you will never forget.


Experience Mon-Li for yourself. Stay tuned for reservations.

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