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Josiah Citrin's Long-Delayed Charcoal Still Seems a Ways Off in Venice

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The fine dining chef hopes to bring live fire cooking to Washington Blvd soon.

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.

It looks like Josiah Citrin’s Charcoal will still require time before it opens in Venice. A tipster sends in a photo showing the exterior of the restaurant, where signage has gone up even though the rest of the place still seems boarded to the rafters.

There’s been little real news on the Charcoal front for most of this year, as Citrin’s plans have reached near-endless delays thanks to a prolonged escrow process. It’s a sore subject for the stellar fine dining chef (who also owns Mélisse in Santa Monica), as evidenced by this mini-profile in the LA Times from early September in which he groans at the mention of a possible timeline.

Still, the Westside dining world had hopes that Charcoal, which will involve live fire cooking and market-fresh ingredients in a casual setting, would be ready by the end of October. But as all that plywood indicates, it might be a while longer still.

425 Washington Blvd.
Venice, CA