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Ojai’s Best Cheeseburger Stand Just Up and Moved to Santa Monica

HiHo Cheeseburger is heading to the beach

HiHo Cheeseburger, Santa Monica
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.

How about this for a move: HiHo, a popular cheeseburger and shake shack from up in idyllic Ojai, is closing their Ventura County shop and trucking the whole operation to Santa Monica. The two-year-old restaurant first announced the shutter of the original space on their website, saying they are “excited for the next chapter” down in greater Los Angeles.

Fans have long been flocking to Ojai for the company’s grass-fed burgers and fries, but now the team is looking to set up right on 2nd Street, not far from the ocean at the base of the Chelsea apartments. It’s an emerging fast casual dining strip for the busy westerly city, with HiHo taking a slot right next to Cava Grill, and around the corner from Tender Greens, Sugarfish, and more.

Ownership (Matt Levin, Jerry Greenberg, Ajay Sahgal, and Lowell Sharon) say the plan is to try to keep prices at or around their Ojai originals (think $7 cheeseburgers) but it’s going to be tough to match that in an expensive city like Santa Monica. Gone too will be the roadside charm of the place, as HiHo will instead turn to a more modern look and feel. Opening for HiHo Santa Monica is expected to come in early summer.

HiHo Cheeseburger
1320 2nd St., Ste. A
Santa Monica, CA