Sprouts & Shutters: Sazon, San Gennaro, Wildcraft Sourdough Pizza, Burger Lounge

Here's the latest roundup of retail, restaurant and other business news and happenings in L.A.'s Westside neighborhoods.

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.

yyzbethy February 23, 2013 at 03:53 PM
So excited for the new restaurants!
Hoover February 23, 2013 at 04:25 PM
If Claudia from Sazon would have left the restaurant the way her brother had it before she took over it would still be thriving. It was a nice try but it was not exactly what most people were looking for.
Cathie Lamm February 23, 2013 at 05:14 PM
Pls visit/write about TREATS! Great new place across from Bob's Market on OP Blvd @ 17th St. Thx.
Mary McGrath February 24, 2013 at 04:21 PM
WildCraft Pizza will be a hit. Here's why... http://www.examiner.com/review/wildcraft-pizza-opens-culver-city-on-feb-25th
Kelly Hartog February 25, 2013 at 05:27 PM
Cathie, have you been? Would you like to write a blog post for us about your experience there? It's really easy. You can do so by clicking here. http://culvercity.patch.com/blog/apply


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