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Brunch Legend Blu Jam Cafe Takes Over Massive Former Maru Space in West LA

More weekend eggs and pancakes for Westsiders

Maru, West LA
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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 moves keep coming for Blu Jam Cafe owner Kamil Majer, who is expanding west next into the massive former Maru space on Wilshire Boulevard. The gigantic, airy room will soon be filled with the sounds of clanging dishware during brunch, as reps for Blu Jam say the opening is happening early next month.

Blu Jam Cafe is perhaps most known for its endless weekend brunch lines, particularly at the company’s flagship location along Melrose. Since those early, busy egg-slinging days the restaurant chain has expanded all over the Valley, and even to Japan. Most recently (as in this week) Blu Jam even opened up inside the onetime Bierbeisl space at the Spring Arcade in Downtown.

Now Majer has set his sights on the nebulous sorta-West-LA stretch of Wilshire, close to Santa Monica. The former Maru lasted less than a year inside that address, working a menu of French-Japanese specialties — including a sushi bar and lots of steak and pretty much everything in between — that didn’t seem to resonate with locals. Brunch should definitely change that, especially if it’s from a name as well-known as Blu Jam. Expect a grand opening July 12 at what will hands down be the largest Blu Jam Cafe location yet.

Blu Jam Cafe West LA
12400 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA