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Local Favorite Shekarchi Jumps to Newer, Bigger Space in Downtown

The 33-year-old kebab shop keeps earning new fans

Shekarchi Restaurant, Downtown
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.

Downtown's long-running Shekarchi Restaurant is set for a big expansion, with LA Downtown News reporting today that the restaurant is leaving its previous location of 33 years for a giant 7,500 square foot space on Olive Street.

The jump to a new location certainly shows the staying power of Shekarchi, which has for more than three decades been a stalwart in the non-chain Downtown dining scene. Now with so much more attention being paid to the neighborhood overall, the Persian kebab shop has been able to translate the increased foot traffic into a big new location. The restaurant will also offer a full bar, and room for private dining.

The address at 910 S. Olive Street is just one block over from Shekarchi’s current digs, but could make all the difference. It’s a one-story building that was previously an antiques store, and it comes with lots of frontage — a plus in increasingly walkable South Park, where new apartment and mixed-use buildings keep going up almost daily. Eater reached out to get a timeline on the re-opening from Shekarchi, but so far hasn’t heard back.

Shekarchi Downtown
920 S. Olive St.
Los Angeles, CA