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Spare Tire Pushes Tartines, Whiskey, and Wood-Fired Pizza Into Mid-Wilshire Friday

The former El Toro space has undergone a revamp.

Spare Tire
Spare Tire
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Just in time for everyone to break their New Years resolutions: it’s Spare Tire, a new gastropub opening up in Mid-Wilshire in the former El Toro space below Busby’s East. The venture comes by way of Gavin Mills, who was previously consulting with Boar Dough in Agoura Hills.

Eagle-eyed readers have already begun spotting the swapped signage along this stretch of the Miracle Mile, complete with splashy lettering and a rimless tire bouncing around (plus, for some reason, the (Kitchen & Tavern) part is (all) (in) (parentheses)). Regardless, the space looks to be a charming upgrade for the area, offering the usual small plates menu items like tartines, sandwiches and pizzas.

Forget the kitschy Mexican motif, too — Spare Tire seems to carry, at least partially, a vague jungle aesthetic, complete with hanging fake alligator and bushy green plants. Toss in a hanging chandelier, some scuffed up Doric columns and a lot of communal seating and you’ve got, well, a lot to feast your eyes on.

On the menu side, it looks like the full liquor license has been moved into the new venture, meaning a sizable collection of whiskey is available from the bar, as well as wine and 20 taps for craft beer. A reduced lunch menu moves between charcuterie plates to steamed mussels to chicken & waffles.

Now soft-open, Spare Tire looks to peel rubber with a grand opening party on Friday, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Spare Tire Kitchen & Tavern
5364 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA