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Craftsman & Wolves Puts Hold on Long-Awaited Platform Project in Culver City

More waiting for L.A. fans of the S.F. original.

Platform, Culver City
Platform, Culver City
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.

Uh oh — is Craftsman & Wolves pulling out of the Platform project in Culver City? Not exactly, though the project has been shelved indefinitely, apparently.

The overdue lightrail-adjacent construction zone has been an anticipatory hotbed for great new restaurant projects, from NYC’s The Cannibal to a finer diner concept by way of Evan Funke (the latter of which is DOA), but San Francisco’s beloved bakery and coffee concept was supposed to become an anchor for the area when it finally debuted later this year. Now it’s on ice.

In a post by Unemployed Eater, a blogger who lives a couple blocks away from the site, Craftsman & Wolves apparently confirmed that they had pulled out of the Platform deal. Someone within the company told him that the longtime deal was officially off, though they declined to provide a reason for pulling out after all this time.

However, Eater has been told by the Craftsman & Wolves team that the project is not dead just yet. Rather, they've had to put the whole thing on hold as they focus on some other Bay Area projects, but that "the space is still ours." The company, however, is no longer listed on the Platform LA website as an eventual tenant.

Tucked away in all these details is another confirmation of what has long been known: Evan Funke’s Thoroughbred restaurant won’t be happening. That one was seen coming a mile away, considering the partners behind that venture were the same as those behind Bucato — and things with Funke certainly didn’t end well there.

Still there’s no reason to shed tears for the Platform project just yet. The place is far from turning into a ghost town, as Blue Bottle, Sweetgreen (their headquarters, at least), upcoming meat and beer spot The Cannibal, and a number of other concepts are still moving in soon enough.