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Mar Vista’s Next Restaurant Is a Philanthropic Live Jazz Mashup — With Meatballs

Aptly-named The Mar Vista should be ready by mid-December

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.

More news on The Mar Vista this morning, as the upcoming cross-concept plots an opening for December. As previously noted, the space will be a full-service option for the burgeoning neighborhood, serving lunch and dinner daily while also acting as a cultural community up for events and live music.

The Mar Vista is the work of Jill Davie, former chef de cuisine at Josie, and D. Brandon Walker, a longtime chef with a bent for doing good at restaurant Bread and Rose Cafe, which serves 750 homeless people weekly. In fact, much like Moby’s Little Pine in Silver Lake, the restaurant will eventually act as a philanthropic enterprise by donating any remaining food from the restaurant back to Bread and Rose Cafe, and also providing employment opportunities for people who work through chef Walker’s training program at St. Joseph’s.

The menu for the restaurant isn’t listed online yet, but reps for the place have termed the food "progressive Los Angeles cuisine," a take on LA's multicultural culinary influences that could result in everything from braised beef cheeks and steamed collard greens to pork meatballs with corn grits, salads, and a slew of larger format dishes. There will also be beer, wine, and cocktails.

Formerly a music venue called The Good Hurt, the Mar Vista has nearly completed the transformation into a more indoor-outdoor space, thanks to designer Greg Swanson of Black Swan Design Group and project architect Reed Architectural Group. Expect hanging plants, communal tables, booths, and lots of open space. And yes, there will be nightly live music and space for live studio recordings as well.

Expect The Mar Vista to come online sometime in the middle of next month, keeping daily hours from 11 a.m. to midnight thereafter. If you’re already desperate to start eating well in the neighborhood, consider the newer Canela Cocina Latina on Venice Boulevard, or the recently re-flipped Little Fatty (formerly Status Kuo) down the way.

The Mar Vista
12249 Venice Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA