Josef Centeno, who opened Bacoshop at this prime corner location in Downtown Culver City, has transformed the space into Amacita, a more modern California take on his popular Tex-Mex restaurant Bar Ama in Downtown LA. Opening tomorrow evening with a reasonably priced menu of Tex-Mex classics, Centeno is taking cues from his San Antonio heritage but adapting flavors to LA. For more information, click here.
Nancy Silverton is opening her first new restaurant in six years, bringing a fast-casual Italian spot called Pizzette to Culver City this fall. It will be located in the under-construction Citizen Public Market food hall on Culver Boulevard. For more details, click here.
The Ivy Station development team of Lowe, AECOM-Canyon Partners and Rockwood Capital announced today that it has executed a long-term lease with HBO for the entire 240,000-square-foot office building at Ivy Station. HBO Ivy Station Press Release.pdf
Downtown Culver City's fortunes continue to change with news today of a mellow new neighbor called Wildchild landing later this year. Not to be confused with Culver City's existing WildCraft restaurant, Wildchild will offer a more cross-cultural, shared plates kind of perspective for evening diners, along with lots of open-air architecture and a full slate of cocktails. To find out more, click here.
Opening its doors at Culver City's Platform is Margot, the new rooftop restaurant has a seasoned crew of vets including Norah's chef Michael Williams, bar director David Kupchinsky, general manager John Snowden, and IB Hospitality founder, Rohan Talwar. For more information, click here.
Greater Los Angeles's pizza moment continues with the surprise weekend opening of Roberta's at the Platform project in Culver City.
This West Coast Roberta's carries much the same menu as the original, with a lean on blistered pizzas as well as wood-fired vegetables, pasta, and cured meat. There's room for lots of funky wines as well, and a full bar for cocktails to boot. Click here for their menu.
Amazon has now taken more than 350,000 square feet of space in Culver City for its production arm, as well as the company's video and advertising departments and the movie reference site IMDb, which Amazon owns. Read more about the tech giant's move here!
Newcomer Ramen Bangaichi recently opened in Culver City — and only five months after the international chain’s first Los Angeles location in Los Feliz commenced service. For more information, please visit their site here.
Fans of the forgotten Native Foods Cafe in Culver City can rejoice: there’s even more healthy eating on the way. Signage has now gone up for Primal Kitchen, a newcomer to the clean-eating market that promises “delicious, high quality, nutrient dense foods” in a sunny space that includes room for takeout as well as dining in. More information about the restaurant and the menu can be found here.
Metro has four parking alternative locations available:
Ince Garage in Culver City at 9099 Washington Blvd. Cost: $3 with a valid TAP card.
Expo/La Cienega/Jefferson Station, 5664 S. La Cienega Blvd. Parking is free until March 1 when the cost of parking will be $3 per day with a valid TAP card.
Expo/Sepulveda Station parking structure, 11214-11270 Exposition Blvd. Cost: $3 per day with a valid TAP card.
Expo/Bundy Station, Exposition Blvd. and Bundy. Cost: $3 per day with valid TAP card.
Akasha Richmond's AR Cucina plans on playing the hits, working a menu of familiar Italian favorites in the former Sambar space. The Italian eatery takes over where Sambar left off, and even carries much the same crew as the previous restaurant.
Chef Jordan Kahn, who was last cooking at Red Medicine before it closed in late 2014, is back on the scene, having quietly opened a Culver City neo-coffee shop called Destroyer this week. The place is currently in soft opening mode, but some locals have already found their way in to enjoy the array of vegetable-heavy plates. Visit www.destroyer.la for the menu and more information.
Loqui is the genesis of years of friendship between Wallace and Ampudia — and many trips to Baja and beyond. The duo have been dreaming up the restaurant, a smallish affair with simple seating and a limited menu of tacos and other Mexican favorites, for quite some time, even staging pop-ups together over the years up in San Francisco. Wallace was a longtime baker for Tartine, and as far back as 2013 he and Mexico City native Ampudia have been making tacos and other simple street snacks.
Culver City's Platform will be home to the first-ever retail endeavor by Bloomingdale's men's fashion director Josh Peskowitz, who's partnering with industry vets Christophe Desmaison and Simon Golby to create a store geared towards "well-informed American men". "The store will be stocked like a full, interchangeable wardrobe —Â€Â” lots of unstructured tailoring, plays on proportion, plays on pattern," Peskowitz explains to the site, "but it's about taking all those things and putting them together in a way that still feels like they're very polished."
Studio by Dark has arrived on Culver City Arts District's Washington Boulevard, adding to the low-key stretch's indie shopping options. The boutique offers lighting and accessories from Denmark, exclusive crystal and oil-infused candles by Ashen, pottery by local ceramicists Ben Medansky and Eunbi Cho, and textiles, art, and rugs by other local talents. You can find more objects at www.studiobydark.com.
Culver City hosts a weekly Farmer's Market year round offering fresh fruit, vegetables and a selection of other fine foods. It takes place every Tuesday, rain or shine, on downtown Culver City's Main Street, from 2 to 7 pm. Bring your kids as there is live children's music and fun treats to sample!