Wondering what new businesses are moving into your neighborhood, and which are saying farewell? Our Sprouts & Shutters column highlights the latest restaurant, retail and other business news in L.A.'s Westside neighborhoods. If you've noticed any other new businesses moving into your neighborhood or businesses closing up shop, leave a comment at the bottom of this article and we'll check it out.
Two new restaurants will sprout in vacant buildings in Santa Monica's Main Street neighborhood. One of them is a new incarnation of one of Los Angeles' best Italian eateries at the shuttered Powerhouse Theatre on Second Street. Vittorio Viotti told Eater LA that he is moving the original Piccolo Ristorante from Dudley Avenue in Venice to the Ocean Park neighborhood. It will operate under the new name Teatro Ristorante. The Main Street spot, at the former home of Naresh's, an Indian-fusion tapas bar on Main Street and Hollister Avenue, will become Fork in the Road.
Burger Lounge will still fill the former space of La Salsa at 11740 San Vicente Boulevard in Brentwood. With most of its locations in San Diego County, Brentwood's and a space on Arizona Avenue in Santa Monica are planned to be added to the Burger Lounge's Los Angeles locations, according to Eater L.A.
Wildcraft Sourdough Pizza is scheduled to open Monday in Culver City. WildCraft Spokesperson Brian Cooley told Patch at the beginning of January that he hoped the restaurant would be open by the end of that month. However, opening was pushed back a month. Now that the opening is less than a week away, what can patrons expect? Cooley told Patch, "While grounded in the Neapolitan craft of pizza making, WildCraft is all about its dough and embracing its inventive California ethos and using locally and responsibly sourced ingredients.”
Sazon Latin Fusion on 12406 W. Washington Boulevard (at the corner of Centinela Avenue) in Culver City closed this month, reports Los Angeles Grub Street. Owner Claudia Quihuis didn’t just bring great food to the area (check out Patch’s reviews here and here), she also came up with the idea to create a gallery space at the restaurant that would feature emerging and longtime artists.
After 26 years, San Gennaro Cafe in Brentwood Village closed earlier this month. The restaurant was cited by the state on Jan. 25 for its second violation of selling alcohol without a license and an eviction notice dated Jan. 30 is posted on its front door. A note posted next to the eviction notice thanks the community for 26 great years in Brentwood.