Tough news for the Valley today, as word comes that BatterFish will close after two years of business. The Encino fish and chips spot will instead become a food truck, servicing primarily the Santa Monica neighborhood.
The sad news comes from owner Jason Killalee, who says that the shop has had a great run in the neighborhood, but that moving into a food truck format and working the more tourist-focused (read: high foot traffic) stretch of Santa Monica near Ocean Avenue is the best long-term plan. The truck is already well along, and will hit the streets July 15.
BatterFish has become a staple for the greater Valley and Encino in particular, serving up what may well be the finest fish and chips in all of Los Angeles. The last weekend of service is expected to come this weekend, with Killalee working regular hours until then.
Update: An earlier version of this post said that BatterFish would close July 15. That's the date of the launch of the food truck, as the restaurant will close this weekend.