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Chop Daddy's Bringing Serious Pork Game Into Culver City's 041 Bacaro Space

The BBQ concept will offer takeaway lunch while building out the full restaurant.

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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.

More fast casual news for downtown Culver City, this time in the corner space that long held Santa Maria BBQ. It looks like 041 Bacaro, the "rustic small plates" Italian eatery that sounds like a James Bond knock-off is officially down for the count after less than two years in the game. Though nothing official has been sent out to customers, the phone is off and Bacaro’s social media is, well, dead.

In its place comes the second official outpost of Chop Daddy’s, that quick service Venice BBQ joint that was recently snapped up by Adam Fleischman/Lee Weinberg’s AdVantage Restaurant Partners late last summer, with plans for big expansion. Well, here we go.

For now, the plan is to immediately soft-open Chop Daddy’s via a small order window affixed to the side of the restaurant. That’ll give the team time to build out the interior to a full 50 seats, with beer and wine to boot. The window will be open for lunch only, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., beginning Monday, January 12.

The heavily porkified Chop Daddy’s (née Pork Belly’s) will feature the same mix of slow-cooked pulled pork, pork belly and other simple BBQ takeaways, though it’s unclear as of now if they’ll be taking those massive lunchtime orders that are so popular with nearby offices/the Sony lot. Check out the menu below.

Chop Daddy's Culver City
9552 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA

Chop Daddy's Menu