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No More Mind-Blowing Biscuits at Willie Jane in Venice

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The Southern-leaning Abbot Kinney restaurant shuttered suddenly

Willie Jane, 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.

The Westside just lost what may have been its best Southern brunch spot, as Willie Jane announced a sudden closure as of Sunday night. The restaurant’s final evening of service was yesterday.

The Govind Armstrong project right on Abbot Kinney lasted three and a half years, pushing a Southern-inspired menu that could mean everything from deviled eggs to shrimp and grits. On weekends though the place seemed to truly come alive thanks to a popular brunch run-down that included some of the city’s best biscuits, plus fried chicken and waffles and lots of other mainstays.

A note posted to the restaurant’s Facebook account on December 10 announced the shutdown for December 11, adding the lines:

To our staff, neighbors and patrons of Willie Jane. We have enjoyed serving biscuits and whiskey the past four years and would simply like to thank all for allowing us to be a part of the vibrant community that is Venice.

No word yet on the future of the space or of Govind Armstrong’s cooking there.

Willie Jane

1031 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90291 (310) 392-2425 Visit Website