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The Verge Company, founded by Mark and Lani Verge, is a diverse portfolio of investments spanning the hospitality, real estate, and business arenas.

Will a business become a place to gather? Will it celebrate its culture? Will it endure? These are the questions we ask of a venture...

Through our award-winning craft cocktail bars, restaurants, and boutique hotels is a deep-rooted understanding and respect of the neighborhoods and cultures we serve, thus creating businesses that celebrate and nurture the careers and lives of our employees. award-winning craft cocktail bars, restaurants, and boutique hotels

In 1996, we founded West Side Rentals, the most trusted marketplace for connecting landlords and renters in Southern California. Our ability to hire strong leaders, anticipate the changing marketplace, adopt new technologies at the right time, and manage a large diverse workforce played an important role in its success and we have continued that same disposition within every one of our investments.

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Our portfolio is deep in real estate and hospitality.

The hotel group includes the Ocean Park Hotel, Venice on the Beach, Hotel Hollywood, and most recently, the historic American Hotel in the booming Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles.

We partner with Cedd Moses in owning Pouring with Heart, —formerly known as 213 Hospitality— aiming to revive Downtown LA through original bar and brewery concepts along with the restoration of neighborhood bar staples while cultivating communities and careers.

Ventures include Cole’s, Casey’s, Las Perlas, Cana, Seven Grand, and The Varnish, et al, built in the bones of Historic Downtown’s classic architecture.

In early November 2016, we opened Margo’s, a hyper-seasonal kitchen and bar on the eastern edge of Montana Avenue. Margo’s serves Modern California cuisine crafted by Executive Chef Greg A. Daniels, former Executive Chef at Salt Air on Abbott Kinney in Venice and Sous Chef at Perry Street in NYC, Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s celebrated west village ode to clean cuisine. Beverage Director and Lead Barman Jordan Delp constructed Margo’s bar program, featuring classic cocktails and house originals crafted from a prized collection of top shelf small batch spirits, craft beer taps, and small production wines.

Our New American restaurant and wine bar, Art’s Table, located on Montana Avenue and 10th, debuted in 2014. Art’s rustic-meets-modern menus and guests-first philosophy draw neighborhood crowds and appreciative palates in one of the Los Angeles’ most food-and-fitness conscious coastal communities.

Ashland Hill, with their buzzing craft beer & wine garden on Main Street in Santa Monica’s historic Ocean Park neighborhood, launched in 2015 with partner Luke Tabit, featuring delectable seasonal dishes and gourmet bar bites. It introduced a Gin & Tonic bar program, crafted by Master Barman Vincenzo Marianella — and transforms fast casual ordering to table service.

The OP Café is the beloved family diner and homage to the early heroes of the Santa Monica Lifeguard Service on Ocean Park Boulevard and 32nd—known for its classic American breakfast, lunch fare, and friendly service.

The Shore Bar on Channel Road in Pacific Palisades, a partnership with the h.wood.group, round out our family hospitality holdings while we continue to look for opportunities to establish new concepts and expand our hospitality footprint in Santa Monica and borders beyond.

The Verge Family - Mark, Lani and their two children

Mark Verge

Founder & CEO

Entrepreneur and investor, Mark Verge knows how to positively change the landscape of neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles. He has created many of the most popular and successful destinations and businesses today that are found throughout Los Angeles.

Mark founded Westside Rentals in 1996, building the dominate player in the rental apartment's space in California. His ability to hire strong leaders and put people as the number one focus within his investments is a signature of all of the businesses he touches, which spans thirty-one businesses comprised of restaurants and bars, hotels, environmental companies, real estate acquisitions, and fashion companies.

Mark also founded Perfect Business, a resource center and network of entrepreneurs, investors, and business experts, to share knowledge and coalesce the business community in support of aspiring entrepreneurs and seasoned business owners who may be struggling in today’s uncertain economy.
Mark’s greatest passion is his family. He is a hands-on dad and is happiest when spending time at the beach with his high-school sweetheart and wife, Lani, and his two children, Malia and Rex.

His is a lifelong resident of Santa Monica. Mark’s family roots date back five generations to the Marquez Rancho days. He was raised in a large Irish-Catholic family (six siblings), with great admiration for his mom and dad. His father Dr. Art Verge, a longtime Santa Monica educator and city historian, served as a Santa Monica lifeguard (which Mark and his older brother, Arthur, also served as) while earning, with the aid of the GI bill, two Master’s degrees, and his Doctorate. Later, Art became a History professor and Registrar at Santa Monica College and helped establish their popular International Studies and Study Abroad programs. The Verge’s helped found the Santa Monica Historic Museum and Art served on its board.

Mark is a graduate of St. Monica’s High School and UCLA. He is also a founding member and a Hall of Fame inductee to the Venice Historical Society and Hall of Fame honoree of St. Monica’s High School.

Lani Verge

Founder, Co-Chairman & CFO

As the Co-Chairman and Chief Financial Officer of the robust portfolio of business ventures under The Verge Company umbrella, Lani oversees all financial and operational activities.
Lani graduated from USC with an accounting degree, received her California CPA license, and worked for Big 8 accounting firm Ernst and Young. In 1996, Lani and her husband Mark founded Westside Rentals, where she flexed her ability to anticipate the changing marketplace and helped manage a large diverse workforce which played an important role in Westside Rentals success and was buoyed by her measured financial management and investment savvy.

As a founder of one of LA’s premier local businesses, Lani helped guide its growth for two decades assuring relevance and sustainability with thoughtful decision-making and financial prowess while embracing diversity and encouraging creativity and achievement.

Lani’s integrity and humility are rare. She juggles a full life, along with her leadership role with The Verge Company, and prides herself as a wife, mother, daughter, friend, and community supporter.