Director Roland Emmerich Dishes on his New Moroccan Restaurant

Roland Emmerich Moroccan Restaurant - H 2013

Roland Emmerich Moroccan Restaurant - H 2013

Acabar, located off Sunset, was inspired by the director's Marrakech-themed estate in the Hollywood Hills.

This story first appeared in the Sept. 13 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. 

Roland Emmerich's latest production, the new Moroccan restaurant Acabar off Sunset Boulevard at 1510 Stanley Ave., was inspired in large part by his Marrakech-minded Hollywood Hills estate, which was developed in 1919 by producer Jesse L. Lasky.

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"Those who know my home will understand where this love of Moroccan comes from," he says of the dining venture, in which he partnered with the owners of the romantic The Little Door restaurant and brought on acclaimed chef Octavio Becerra (Patina, Palate). Top events designer Keith Greco, whose portfolio includes The Hunger Games premiere, handled Acabar's interiors. What does it share with the director's house? "The same thing I look for in my movies," says Emmerich. "It's transporting!"