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Now Moko Has Closed, Gyenari is Making a Comeback with G2; Papoo's Hot Dog Show Done Too

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1) Culver City: On the heels of a Goldster review, just four months into business, Moko, the modern Korean restaurant that replaced Gyenari in Culver City, has shuttered. Here's the word directly from restaurant PR:

"Facing severe health issues, renowned Executive Chef Gary Robins has had to step down and owner Will Shin doesn’t feel it’s possible to maintain the intricate menu at MoKo without him. In its place, G2 (Gyenari 2) will be opening September 1 and will be an ode to the K-town favorites of Shin and his wife. Shin says, 'A lot of people were upset when Gyenari closed, so we’re listening to the people and bringing back Korean BBQ to Culver City.' A less expensive and more accessible option, G2 will offer all you can eat Korean BBQ and a lively happy hour. G2 will source better quality meats and produce, as well as offer inventive interpretations such as the chadol sliders (brisket slider).”

2) Toluca Lake: On Sunday, the ancient Papoo's Hot Dog Show American eatery on Riverside Drive will shutter as well. Owner Leona Gardner says that she is selling the restaurant because it needs a pricey facelift which she can't afford. [DD]

Elizabeth Daniels 4/11

MoKo

9540 Culver Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232

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