Chef Jordan Kahn, who was last cooking at Red Medicine before it closed in late 2014, is back on the scene, having quietly opened a Culver City neo-coffee shop called Destroyer this week. The place is currently in soft opening mode, but some locals have already found their way in to enjoy the array of vegetable-heavy plates.
The stark space takes over at Hayden Tract, inside a corner industrial bit that offers lots of lights and little detail work. The pared-down aesthetic seems to mesh with Kahn’s sensibility, creating moody dishes that play well against the white backdrops and factory windows. The menu itself is just as inventive as the chef is known for from his Red Medicine days, and includes options like raw oatmeal for breakfast, seeded rye bread, and a take on avocado toast (naturally).
At lunch, look for slightly larger plates like a beef tartare, cheese dumplings, or chicken confit, all priced in the sub-$15 category. The full menu is available on the Destroyer website — which, if you’re interested, does have a sort of pseudo-Space Invaders game you can play right at the bottom, built in.
Kahn decided to keep the opening a secret for as long as possible, opening the doors for anyone who happened to walk past. Now that the place is up and running though, Kahn sends along the below note to help describe the restaurant:
Destroyer is a response to, and a reflection of the ‘conjunctive points’, best known for transforming the Hayden Tract community in Culver City. It was created as a collective resolution to bring about social change in the community. By filling a very literal hunger, this project will use the ‘neighborhood cafe’ as a platform to bring various artists and creatives together.
Moving forward, Destroyer will keep weekday hours only from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
3578 Hayden Ave.
Culver City, CA