|Brooke Williamson (formerly at Zax Restaurant) and Nick Roberts, of local favorite Amuse Cafe in Venice, has opened Beechwood restaurant in the former Menemsha space off Abbott Kinney. Both a lively bar scene and a serious foodie dining space, Beechwood offers the best of both worlds. You can choose to sample the selective wines by the glass with crispy baby octopus and other delectable items on the bar menu, or sit in the dining room, where you can taste the best of Brooke Williamson cooking. American classics with farm-fresh ingredients are the foundation to the menu, with items such as fresh John Dory and pulled beef shortrib pot pie. Visit Beechwood, either for the typically-Venice atmosphere of laid-back hipsters, or go for the cuisine. Either way, you should just go..