Josie Restaurant, the 14 year old Santa Monica ace, sent around a quick release today mentioning their upcoming (and very temporary) shutter, which will give them time to refine the dining room and make a few more-than-cosmetic changes to the old place.
Josie has been a refined dining stalwart along Pico Blvd in Santa Monica for years, as the city continues to ditch the white tablecloths and opt for more casual dining. What the new facelift will bring is ultimately anyone’s guess, but there’s a chance that Josie’s either doubles down on the more upscale chic look, or goes slightly more casual, to suit the current dining mood.
Of course, there is still Next Door by Josie, which fulfills much of that relaxed aesthetic. They’ll be open during the slowdown at Josie itself, serving lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday, with the regular menu being supplemented by a few key classics from the Josie menu that customers just can’t live without.
Chef/owner Josie LeBalch plans to reopen the namesake restaurant sometime this summer.