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Michael Hung Heads to Beverly Boulevard to Revamp the Former Stir Market

The new XO will keep the marketplace, but expect a lot of changes

Stir Market
The former Stir Market
Elizabeth Daniels

The short-lived Stir Market on Beverly has been in full remodel mode for more than a minute now, and things are finally starting to shape up regarding what’s to come. As hinted at over the summer with a few food festivals around town, chef Michael Hung is in as opening chef of a new restaurant and marketplace to be called XO.

While there’s no official opening date, look for XO to activate along one of LA’s busiest stretches before the end of the year. Hung’s Ardour Hospitality consulting group is tackling the menu, which offers a casual California-Asian cuisine blend across lunch and dinner. They’re planning to do brunch on weekends, plus eventual breakfast service down the line.

The marketplace portion of the former Stir Market will also be in play, with ownership stocking the shelves with all manner of international goods. They’ll have breads too, plus beer and wine, and pre-made meals for anyone on the go like salads and sandwiches.

It will be interesting to see how XO handles the service needs of the community, given the struggles Stir Market had in the early going to define it’s own model. They also had counter service, a station ordering for hot and cold items, plus sit-down dining in the evening at the previous restaurant iteration, so it’s a fair bet to assume XO will tighten up and condense all those overlapping models into something a bit more cohesive. Look for an opening likely in December, but in the meantime the place is staffing up.

XO
7475 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA

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