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The Mar Vista Adds Grab and Go Concept to Budding Repertoire

The new shop sits across the street

Food from The Mar Vista
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.

Mar Vista continues to come up with great new culinary angles, as evidenced by the imminent opening of The Mar Vista Grab and Go. Despite the overlapping name with regular sit-down restaurant The Mar Vista (which is just across the street), Grab and Go will be a separate offshoot still overseen by the same.

That crew is comprised of chefs D. Brandon Walker, Jill Davie, and Jorge Rivas. The plan is for them to operate at a much faster pace and smaller scale with Grab and Go, getting diners in and out in something like 30 minutes. It’s not quite a pure takeaway shop — though there will be a marketplace component for some premade items — but rather a small counter service operation intent on low overhead and truly quick service. Food will still be market-driven, but will also include easygoing options like breakfast tacos and the like.

The space will be decidedly low footprint, mostly comprised of counter seating with a couple of loose tables in the back and a patio beyond. The usual reclaimed wood, glass, and metalwork will be the driving visual forces for the space.

It’s a smart move to keep dedicating culinary space to the continually evolving Mar Vista neighborhood, as places like Little Fatty have also seen nearby. It’s also practically a part of business these days to need to expand into a concept with low overhead and low labor costs, likely with a quick service model, takeout window (think Howlin’ Ray’s), or delivery like the upcoming Cosa Buona in Echo Park. As for an opening, peg April 30 for The Mar Vista Grab and Go, with daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The Mar Vista Grab and Go
12226 Venice Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA