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A Modern Israeli Restaurant Swerves Into West Third Street From the Sausal Team

A new entrant takes over the former Blue Plate Oysterette

The former Blue Plate Oysterette
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.

A couple of South Bay restaurant veterans are jumping to West Third Street, opening up a new restaurant called Jaffa along one of the city’s busiest dining strips. Better still, the place lands inside some prime city real estate.

Late last year, Blue Plate Oysterette stopped shucking along West Third Street, and the space has sat empty ever since. That is until recently, when new leaseholders Anne Conness & Nancy Vrankovic took the keys. They’re the partners behind the popular Sausal in El Segundo, and now they’re aiming for the heart of the city.

Whereas Sausal is a ranch-style meat-centric grill house not far from the beach, Jaffa will operate as a more modern California-focused Israeli restaurant. That means, much like contemporaries in Mh Zh, Kismet, Botanica, or The Exchange, diners should expect a lot of dips and sauces, veggies and breads, with less of a focus on cooked animal protein and more on composed vegetarian mains.

Jaffa should open by the first quarter of 2018, keeping counter-service lunch hours alongside full-service dinner. Matt Winter of M Winter Designs (The Lincoln, Melrose Umbrella Co.) is building out the space now.

8048 W. 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA