Looks like a sadly truncated end for Moruno at the Original Farmers Market off Fairfax, as the Spanish-leaning meat skewer operation closed up shop today after about a year of service.
Back in February, Moruno turned the lights on at the former Short Order burger space, a corner outlet of the longstanding market next to The Grove that seemed at the time to be a perfect place for cozy meat-focused meals with a strong side of vermouth. Unfortunately that idea has come and gone, and with the arrival of their Downtown outlet Bar Moruno inside Grand Central Market, the decision was made to pull the plug.
Reached for comment, the Moruno team had the following to say:
After a great first year, Moruno at The Original Farmers Market will be closing to prepare for a move to a more logistically suitable location ... Feldmeier and Rosoff are grateful to all those who have joined them at Moruno this past year and look forward to announcing a new location very soon.
It’s unlikely that David Rosoff and Chris Feldmeier will be slowed by this news, as the dynamic former Mozza duo continue to be strong names in the culinary landscape of Los Angeles. Perhaps the corner outpost there at the Market truly is just a tough locale, as other spots inside the market proper have had a bit more success (including the new Fritzi Coop), though nothing on the level of the booming Grand Central Market.
As for news of a new, different location, that’s still very much in the works.