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Yellowtail Replacement El Sushito Staffs Up On the Sunset Strip

Casual Mexican-Japanese fusion is coming.

Elizabeth Daniels
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.

That Japanese-Mexican fusion concept headed for the former Yellowtail space on the Sunset Strip is slated to arrive sooner than expected. Called, of all things, El Sushito, the colorfully animated concept is looking to debut just months after Yellowtail shuttered in April, and is staffing up in anticipation.

The Vegas-linked, Akira Back-cheffed Yellowtail did brisk business in its beautiful space, which was formerly the restaurant Mirabelle. But once the unstoppable Hakkasan Group swallowed up Yellowtail’s own Light restaurant group, the writing was on the wall for the sushi brand.

So along comes El Sushito, which goes for a decidedly more low brow approach (their logo is a culturally dubious mishmash of geisha girl and bandolero) that’s more in line with drink stops like State Social House next door. The team was initially targeting a June 5 unveiling, but that seems unlikely given the lack of a staff so far.

To that end though, El Sushito will be staging a cattle call for bartenders, waitresses, barbacks, runners and more, running today and tomorrow from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Pearls Rooftop just down the street. If you want the gig, gather up a resume and head on over.


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