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Red O Not Replacing Ma'Kai Lounge, Relocation Planned

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.

Press the brakes because Red O isn't slipping into Santa Monica's Ma'Kai Lounge just yet. Word is that the modern Mexican concept cheffed by Rick Bayless and put together by Mike Dobson and Rick Teasta are planning to find another location in the immediate area, just not inside Ma'Kai, despite much of the renovations by Thomas Schoos having already been conducted. The reason isn't clear, but it might be a driven by a financial consideration, either unreasonable rent or the metrics of the location. Ma'Kai Lounge will continue to operate as it is. Developing...
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Ma'Kai Lounge

101 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401