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Komodo Venice Coming Along, Planning October Debut

Matthew Kang is the Lead Editor of Eater LA. He has covered dining, restaurants, food culture, and nightlife in Los Angeles since 2008. He's the host of K-Town, a YouTube series covering Korean food in America, and has been featured in Netflix's Street Food show.

The second brick-and-mortar location on Main Street in Venice for popular Pico-Robertson eatery and food truck Komodo is only about a few weeks from opening, according to co-founder Eric Tjahyadi. Put forth by partners Mike Cho, Thomas Choi, and chef Erwin Tjahyadi, and designed by MASS Architecture (Mercado 3rd Street, Lukshon), the space is divided into a pick-up area and larger dining space, with a cool ceiling installation that uses hundreds of taco trays to create a fluid wave pattern. The pick-up section features a floating counter with a mosaic ceiling of the restaurant's signature lizard logo.

The inside allows seating for up to 70 using custom furniture in a diagonal layout that reinforces the ceiling flow. Additionally, a larger menu plus beer and wine will be offered at this location. To introduce locals to the concept, Komodo is throwing an open house next Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. with a truck serving an open taco bar and an inside look at the still-developing interior.
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