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Long-Running Chinese Spot Mao's Kitchen Shutters on Melrose Over Lease Dispute

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The Venice location remains

Mao's Kitchen, Melrose
Mao's Kitchen, Melrose
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.

It looks like the long-running Mao’s Kitchen on Melrose has quietly shuttered. The popular Chinese restaurant made for a casual and rather inexpensive place to eat on that stretch of upscale shops and tourist stores, but fell away a couple of weeks ago due to a lease dispute.

A look at the company’s purposefully spartan website shows a single bit of information regarding the closure, with a statement that reads:

As of June 16th Mao's on Melrose will be closed until the lease is renewed or a new location occupied.

Of course, they’re happy to still send folks to the original Venice location of Mao’s on Pacific Avenue, but for those not on the Westside that’s a bit of a trek for pan-Chinese entrees like orange-ginger chicken or smoked tofu. Thankfully there’s now Northern Cafe in Westwood, which is a shorter drive and is doing some of the area’s best (and most affordable) Chinese fare.

Mao's Kitchen

7313 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046 (323) 932-9681 Visit Website