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Why Does Barnyard Venice Keep Closing All the Time?

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A growing number of folks keep asking.

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Barnyard Venice
Barnyard Venice
Barnyard Venice
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.

Is there — yet again — some sort of a shutter situation going down at Barnyard Venice?

First, there were rumors of a kitchen blowup as chef Jesse Barber left, where were followed by renovations that kept the place closed for a bit, before ultimately culminating in a new look and retooled menu. That lasted a few weeks, until new executive chef Larry Monaco was "regretfully" booted from his position, and since then the place has just kind of floated along.

Until lately. A couple of tipsters write in to say that on recent evenings, after securing reservations through OpenTable (which is still up and running for the restaurant), the diners were greeted with a locked door and totally dark dining room.

Apparently some Yelpers are feeling the same way, with a handful of new one-star reviews detailing much the same thing: reservations in advance, nothing but a closed-up restaurant the night of the meal.

So what gives? Other Yelpers have been chiming in with recent dining experiences (exactly how recent remains a mystery) and so far the restaurant hasn’t returned requests for comment. For now, everything seems to be at least in theory up to snuff, just maybe don’t be surprised if you show up and the place has gone silent for the night.


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