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Ammo’s Fast Casual Experiment Fails Along Melrose, Leaving Only Westwood Behind

A quiet shutter for a once-popular restaurant near Melrose and Highland

Ammo To Go
Ammo to Go on Melrose
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.

Just fifteen months after first coming to life, the Ammo to Go experiment on Melrose Avenue seems to have failed. The restaurant was a scaled-back takeaway option meant to cater to passersby and the neighborhood at large, after the company’s larger sit-down restaurant address around the corner was sold off.

For a bit of backstory: Ammo restaurant initially opened on Highland, enjoying a number of quiet casual years as a sit-down stalwart for the area. Eventually that space was sold off to the Salt’s Cure team, who moved their restaurant over from West Hollywood, leaving Ammo without a home in the area. Hence the opening of Ammo to Go, a storefront space that offered just a few stools for eating inside, and lots of takeout instead.

Unfortunately, the idea doesn’t seem to have gained enough traction to be sustainable. The storefront is now completely papered over, and a look at the Ammo website reveals a shutter as of late last month. The only remaining location now is Ammo at the Hammer Museum in Westwood, which operates as a cafe extension for the property.