Yes, some may think of Maru as that curious feline internet sensation known for sticking its head in bags and boxes, but Maru is also the name of chef Jason Park's Japanese-Cali restaurant, which is relocating from Valencia to the old Sasabune space on Wilshire. Park says he chose to move because rent on Wilshire is cheaper than what he was paying in Valencia, plus he also already operates another LA business, that newish dessert cafe in Los Feliz, Ramekin. Anyway, with the intent to launch Maru next month, Park is training new employees and will open doors serving a menu very similar to what was most recently plated up north. But, once Maru get its footing, Park expects the menu to fluctuate.
This is a Japanese restaurant rooted in California seasonality where one can eat sushi for lunch and steak for dinner. Park shops for ingredients at the Santa Monica Farmers Market every Wednesday and some Saturdays, and his sous hits the Hollywood market on Sundays for extra ingredients.
Right now Park is cleaning up and repairing Sasabune, but don't expect a drastic aesthetic overhaul when Maru opens. A full 47 liquor license is in the works, and Park will time that "with permits for a complete remodel some time at the beginning of the 4th quarter."
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