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Mod Con Converts Cafe Sushi on Beverly Into Taiwanese-Leaning Small Plates Spot

Just don't call it fusion food.

Mod Con's future home on Beverly Blvd
Mod Con's future home on Beverly Blvd
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.

Beverly Boulevard is in line for some more Asian-inspired eats, with the incoming arrival of Mod Con to the former Cafe Sushi space just east of La Cienega. The former tenant had been on site for more than three decades, doing easygoing rolls and the like, while the inbound Mod Con hopes to become a modern casual spot for younger, hipper types to enjoy various takes on Asian (mostly Chinese and Taiwanese) eats.

Owner Jeffrey Ko, who also owns Feast in Hollywood, says the plan is to likely launch sometime early next month, with dishes meant to be more Modern Los Angeles than true fusion food. There are takes on favorites like scallion pancakes, but nothing too out of the ordinary for anyone who eats out in L.A. There are also plans for booze (at least beer and wine) though the restaurant will likely open up without it as the city permitting process takes its time.

The timing could be fortuitous for Ko, who is hitting that neighborhood just as things are really starting to change. The inbound Chipotle / ChopHouse across the street in the old Jan’s location is just about done, and around the corner the Beverly Center is in the midst of a serious overhaul that could drastically change the way people eat along that stretch. Getting in now and establishing a local clientele could be crucial to keeping an edge as the competition ramps up. Look for Mod Con to open in the next few weeks.

Mod Con
8459 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA