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Vegetarian Chinese Fusion Option OOAK Kitchen Scrambles Into Downtown Culver City

Taking the former Lyfe Kitchen space on Washington

OOAK Kitchen, Culver City
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.

It appears that one healthy-ish lunch option will replace another in Culver City, with today’s reveal that OOAK Kitchen will step into a space formerly occupied by similarly-named Lyfe Kitchen. The latter was a quinoa and kale salad kind of place that couldn’t hold on amidst last year’s downtown Culver City restaurant turmoil, while the former is a new entrant into the Los Angeles market.

There isn’t much on OOAK Kitchen just yet, except a few details spread out on social media. The restaurant does have a website though, which discusses an attempt to be a major player in the vegetarian food scene around LA by, mostly, using a wok to create flavor. Per a pending ABC license, the Culver City location will also serve beer and wine.

There’s no timeline yet for opening, and tipsters say construction is still underway. When finished, OOAK Kitchen will join the likes of Bacoshop as new tenants to a reemerging downtown Culver City scene that saw Sambar flip late last year, along with even more recent shutters like Ramen Roll, which lasted only four months.

On the flip side, high-minded Vespertine is still coming to Culver City (albeit not downtown) soon, as are spots like Hayden, a new project from the Norah team, and Primal, a different kind of fast casual healthy eating option. Eater reached out to OOAK Kitchen for more details, but so far hasn’t heard back. The restaurant is reportedly also slated to open sometime this year in Buena Park, at the massive $400 million retail center The Source.