Umami Burger, which seemed to reach prominence and worldwide expansion a few years ago but has since stalled its growth in Los Angeles, with two longtime locations closing this month. Yelpers have reported that both the Studio City and Burbank outlets are closed without very much fanfare. Recall that Studio City’s location had to close because of a health department issue a few months back.
Studio City’s last review comes in early December while Burbank’s last reviews came in around the same time. Studio City was one of the first expansions, opening back in 2010, while Burbank debuted in 2013.
While Umami Burger was founded on La Brea (it’s now closed), they continue to operate nine locations in Los Angeles, with a few in Orange County as well. Their rather aggressive expansion has since slowed, and these two closures don’t bid well for the company’s future growth. Still, Umami’s flagship store at The Grove recently got a hefty renovation, and it continues to draw in flocks of burger fans.
Update: Umami Burger apparently does have massive plans to expand in the next few years, with outlets slated for Mexico City, Dubai, and Japan. However, part of the new rebranding to come has resulted in closures in Studio City, Burbank, and Williamsburg, New York City.