It’s time to check in on all things Five Leaves, the popular Brooklyn eatery set for expansion plans out to Los Angeles soon. When word broke in September of last year that the ownership group — which also started L.A. Chapter at Downtown’s Ace Hotel years ago — was coming with their own true Five Leaves expansion, word on the street was that an early 2017 arrival was likely.
But, this being Los Angeles, that timeline has been moved back. It’s ultimately good news for owner Jud Mongell and partners Zeb Stewart and Mark Hendrix, who now have more time to devote to what will likely be a gorgeous build-out on the corner of Fountain and Catalina Street, just across the block from the Scientology Center. The wonderful Art Deco detailing of the space is being retained thanks to design firm HOME (the same folks who did Gwen in Hollywood).
As of now, things are tracking for a November arrival, but with so many months in between that’s still a moving target. When the place does arrive, expect its produce-heavy, fresh menu to compete with the likes of Kismet, Sqirl, and newcomer Mh Zh, all nearby. The influences here will be decidedly more Australian than Middle Eastern, though, as is the theme with their New York City original. And, in the meantime, you could always hit that strip for food at the fantastic under-the-radar Hawaiian hit Kukui Hut Cafe if you’re really hungry.
Five Leaves LA
4845 Fountain Ave.
Los Angeles, CA