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Japanese Mega-Restaurateurs Take Over Former Cadet in Santa Monica

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Inside Cadet, Santa Monica
Inside Cadet, Santa Monica
Elizabeth Daniels
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.

There seems to have been a rather quick and quiet flip of the former Cadet space in Santa Monica, which closed earlier this year after a 14-month run. Per Toddrickallen, a Japanese company responsible for a handful of concepts out that way could be bringing their unique flavor to the Wilshire Boulevard address, and sooner rather than later.

The name on the newly minted ABC license for Cadet is one LDH Kitchen, with a Eugene Nomura acting as president for the company. A little digging around comes up with this corporate website for LDH (which apparently means Love, Dream, Happiness) and their stable of concepts throughout Japan. There are izakayas, yakitori spots, soba houses, and a lifestyle shop called Be My Self.

So far there’s no word on what will eventually take over Cadet, as it could be one of the company’s existing brands or something new altogether. Eater reached out to Nomura but so far hasn’t heard back.

LDH Kitchen
2518 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA