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Ori Menashe’s Arts District Dreams Grow With New Restaurant Bavel

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The Middle Eastern spot has been in the works for years

Genevieve Gergis and Ori Menashe
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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.

Arts District chef Ori Menashe certainly knows how to keep busy. The Bestia chef has been quietly hard at work bringing his long-gestating second restaurant, Bavel, to life, and now it seems the 2013 dream is almost ready to come true.

Whereas Bestia is mostly a modern, winding Italian restaurant, Ori Menashe and partner/wife/pastry chef Genevieve Gergis’s new Bavel will carry a direct Middle Eastern focus. Some of that will play into Menashe’s own Israeli background, while other dishes will take from the broader region as a whole. Reached for comment, Gergis described the food as elevated Middle Eastern food, carrying a ton of influences across the broad culinary spectrum. Yes, there will be hummus, but expect a lot more beyond that.

The future home of Bavel
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The target is to open Bavel within the first part of 2018. The space, a big, industrial slice not far from Bestia on Mateo Street, is nearly complete. The timing could end up being ideal too, as places like Mh Zh, Kismet, The Exchange, Farida, and Botanica prove that the modern Mediterranean renaissance is here to stay.

500 S. Mateo St.
Los Angeles, CA