It's now time to check in on Marcona, that forthcoming sandwich shop sprouting on Melrose near Martel. Up above, the current plywood situation plus some renderings of the finished product conceived by Jeff Soler of Soler Architecture. After a long battle with the city, owner Collier Ulrich acquired the necessary building permits and the demolition phase of construction began in early May. Since then, the space, a former clothing boutique, has been gutted. Interior framing is taking shape and this week the walls will begin to close with the facade soon to appear. Ulrich expects to end construction by early to mid August, with a debut around September 10.
As previously mentioned, Marcona's focus is the sandwich, and "the plan is to serve eclectic and simple items to satisfy the diverse range of palates in the Los Angeles area," says Ulrich. After moving to Los Angeles from New York (by way of Denver), Ulrich noticed a dearth in quality sandwich shops around the city. So, he linked up with chef/friend Matthew Moss and the Marcona concept was born. Moss, a Chicago native and twelve year vet of the restaurant industry (Butter, Crofton on Wells, District Bar -- Chicago), will spearhead the menu and plans to bring both his and Ulrich's home cities to the table. Expect nods to New York and Chicago mixed in with Mediterranean flavors.
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