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Maradentro Mulls a More Taco-Focused Concept for Studio City

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From Mexican seafood to bar vibes

Maradentro, Studio City
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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.

Expect a new 2017 look for Maradentro in Studio City, as the restaurant group behind the restaurant announced the place will be closing after tomorrow night’s service. There are new plans for the address though, so expect a revitalization by spring of next year.

The Studio City outlet of Maradentro lasted just a shade under two years along Ventura Boulevard, taking over for Jeffrey Saad’s former La Ventura restaurant. The coastal Mexican menu might seem familiar — it’s an oft-copied cuisine type you still see everywhere in LA — but ultimately seemed not to have been able to catch on with the locals. So what’s next? Tacos.

Per the Cocinas y Calaveras restaurant group behind Maradentro (as well as Mercado and Yxta Cocina), this location will flip into a brand new as yet unnamed bar concept, focusing on tacos and drinks. Cocktails will come from Cesar Arenas, design from Ana Henton, and the rest will be sorted out soon.

Your last chance to dine at Maradentro comes tomorrow night. After that, expect a slowdown that should last until spring at the earliest, which is about when a ton of other great Valley restaurants like Petit Trois should be coming online as well. And until then, you can always visit the other Maradentro location in Brentwood.