clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Quirky French-Japanese Fine Dining Spot Maru Shutters Less Than One Year In

New, 3 comments

The West LA option leaves behind a formidably large space

Maru, West LA
Maru, West LA
Wonho Frank Lee
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.

Looks like a sudden shutter for Maru in West LA, the French-Japanese hybrid concept brought to life by Jason Park.

It seems Park's concept had some trouble finding its footing with the local crowd, though the busy stretch out front along Wilshire Boulevard couldn't have helped things much. The restaurant hits the skids a month shy of its one-year anniversary, leaving a large empty void to potentially be filled by some other dining concept down the line.

It's a sad, quiet end for Maru, which had turned off the phones and notified staff of the immediate closure late last week. Fans looking to dine on the restaurant's massive chops and sushi rolls will have to look elsewhere now, though nearby strip mall favorite Kato could offer a nice, lighter tasting menu alternative for those willing to branch into Japanese-Taiwanese flavors.