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Another Casual New American Restaurant Takes Up the Mantle in Sherman Oaks

Ventura Boulevard’s Wood & Water comes from some familiar names

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The future Wood & Water in Sherman Oaks
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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.

The former Stir space on Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaks has earned new life, thanks to a pair of longtime Valley vets. Father and son team Moez Megji and Karim Megji are behind The Gallery in Westlake Village, and they’re soon to open casual American newcomer Wood & Water right in the heart of the Valley’s long restaurant row, next to the shuttered Ramen Room.

Moez Megji has been in the restaurant business since the 1970s, mostly working on the seafood side of things with places like Fish Kitchen on Pico and Fins in Calabasas. Now he’s steering a different kind of ship with his son, working up the kind of menu seen all over Los Angeles: lots of cross-cultural influences, vegetables everywhere, and meatier mains. Expect a heavy lean on the cuisines of Asia, plus a raw bar and cocktails, plus beer and wine.

The former Stir space

The former Stir space is in for a pretty dramatic overhaul, but construction has been ongoing for some time now. That puts Wood & Water up for a likely January opening, not far from similar competition in places like Firefly, The Bellwether, and Girasol.

Wood & Water
13359 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA