Following the sudden and unfortunate shutter of Atwater Village Farm back in December, it looks as though the prime corner location in Atwater Village has finally been leased out. The Eastsider first reported movement on the paperwork behind the project, with a concept called Ozu East Kitchen angling for a beer and wine license for the address.
The restaurant is the work of first-time owner Paul Yi, who lives in the area and has wanted to get into the restaurant business for some time. Yi tells Eater that Ozu East Kitchen will be an upscale casual restaurant, focusing on Asian flavors with an emphasis on ramen.
So far, the build out is progressing along slowly (a full demo of the space is currently underway), but Yi and his team hope to have things in place by early fall. In the meantime, he and his kitchen will be staging a series of pop-ups in the surrounding eastside neighborhoods (think Highland Park, Frogtown, Silver Lake and Los Feliz) to help nail down the menu and build anticipation.
Once completed, Ozu East Kitchen should fit nicely into the burgeoning dining scene in Atwater Village, which already sports the popular All’acqua and unstoppable Dune falafel shop.
Ozu East Kitchen
3224 Glendale Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA