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Sqirl Away, a Takeout Concept From Jessica Koslow, Planning August Debut

Says Koslow to the world.

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.

Jessica Koslow’s takeout space next to Sqirl, playfully known as Sqirl Away, has been under wraps for months, the result of some ongoing construction and permitting delays. Thankfully, the LA Times now says that a summer arrival for the Virgil Ave space is likely.

In an interview regarding the much-needed extension of the unbelievably popular Sqirl in Silver Lake, Koslow says that August will bring the likely unveiling, which means customers looking for many of their favorites from the original menu won’t have to wait in the long, room-filling lines.

Just don’t expect everything, like a to-go version of the sorrel pesto rice bowl that’s become something of a Koslow signature (it’s just not a terribly portable dish). Instead, the team will work to "develop more to-go dishes" that still fit the Sqirl mold, perhaps even including terrines and cold soups.

Over at the Wall Street Journal, Koslow goes in even further, detailing the designer of the former Lou Provisions space (it’s being rehabbed by Barbara Bestor). She also hints at scaling up the Sqirl Away concept once it’s locked in on Virgil: "I think about doing something in Tokyo," she tells the Journal, "I think about New York."


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