Looks like Culver City's own East Borough will close its doors permanently as of Wednesday, August 10, after more than two years in business.
Owners Chloe Tran and John Cao first brought their Orange County modern Vietnamese restaurant concept north to Culver City in late 2013, officially opening for business in January of 2014. The restaurant was actually a partnership with Paul Hibler’s American Gonzo Food Corporation, which is also behind the Superba brand and other casual concepts.
In a notice sent around, American Gonzo says that Tran and Cao would like to return to their roots by focusing on the Costa Mesa location only, while the Hibler group will move forward by focusing on their other brands. It’s been an up and down few years for American Gonzo, as Superba Food & Bread in Venice shuffled through various staff members before settling down last year. The original iteration, Superba Snack Bar, also closed in Venice, while a planned Superba F&B extension into Pasadena has still yet to materialize.
Regardless, it’s a rather healthy brand, with a wide slew of Pitfire Pizzas under their umbrella, plus Pie Society in Orange County and a few other concepts that ownership says is still in the works. The final day of service for East Borough will be next Wednesday.