Akasha Richmond's new AR Cucina plans on playing the hits starting tomorrow in Downtown Culver City, working a menu of familiar Italian favorites in the former Sambar space.
The Italian eatery takes over where Sambar left off, and even carries much the same crew as the previous restaurant. Indeed it’s been a quick flip for the space by normal restaurant standards, but that’s mostly because Richmond & Co. have made it a point to not be down long after announcing the closure of their Indian concept last month.
The new AR Cucina will focus instead on strong Italian favorites, from burrata to fritto misto to lighter pizzas made in the restaurant’s hulking back oven (itself a relic from the old Ford’s Filling Station days). Chef Kirk Plummer is still leading things behind the scenes, while the cocktail program — a strong point at Sambar — is overseen by the same Clare Ward.
Hopefully the arrival of some new life to that stretch will help to reinvigorate downtown Culver City’s slumping dining choices. As Los Angeles Magazine pointed out recently in a much-shared story, high rents, and lots of turnover have made the once-thriving area feel like the land of lost opportunities lately, though there are still popular fast casual and sit down restaurants in the area. Even more notably, Josef Centeno is branching out with his new Bäcoshop sandwich concept there soon.
AR Cucina opens tomorrow evening in Culver City. Hours run Tuesday through Sunday for dinner only, from 5:30 p.m. onward. Lunch is expected to arrive down the line.
9531 Culver Blvd.
Culver City, CA