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Miro Emerges From the Cucina Rustica Rubble in Financial District

The modern European restaurant is almost ready to roll.

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.

Looks like that mid-life makeover of Downtown’s Cucina Rustica is nearly complete, as the space on the corner of Wilshire and Flower is set to be rebranded as Miro in the coming weeks.

For a couple of months now, the restaurant has been stripping away the former name and dining format, operating for a time simply as ‘888 Wilshire’, their address. In fact, they've even been taking a pretty big hammer to the place itself, opening up windows and rejiggering the main dining room. Now there’s a new Facebook page up for the rethought eatery, and it points to some of what’s to come.

Chef Gavin Mills and General Manager Tyler Dow are both still behind the project, which is looking to transform from a strictly Italian restaurant to one with more of a modern pan-European flair. That should include everything for Portuguese fish stew to in-house charcuterie and fresh pastas. There’s also a new wood-fired oven on site, so pizzas will be on offer, likely for both lunch and dinner.

Beyond the food, Dow will be overseeing a pretty strong international whiskey list, and there will be also be a solid wine program as well. Miro hopes to open by February 1.

888 Wilshire
Los Angeles, CA