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Koreatown Makes Room For Spanish Tapas and Refined Cocktails Next

Classy-looking Sapor opens later this month along Wilshire

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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.

Koreatown just keeps changing, as evidenced by upcoming tapas restaurant Sapor, soon to land a slot inside a tall building along Wilshire Boulevard. Much like places like Here’s Looking at You, Sapor aims to go beyond Korean comfort food with a menu filled with upscale small bites and craft cocktails.

The plan, per the restaurant’s own website, is to make Sapor a “place for small bites, a strong cocktail, and a refined setting to unwind.” Much of that meaning will come from executive chef Matthew Ignacio, who has been cooking up in the Bay Area for years, and Orange County before that. Expect a menu that leans heavily on vegetables but also offers room for proteins, and with options for vegans, gluten-free types, and just about everyone in between.

On the drinks side there’s longtimer Vincenzo Marianella, the famed barman behind places like Copa d’Oro. He’ll be crafting the entire opening cocktail menu for the place, to go along with the largely Spanish-leaning menu.

As for the space itself, it’s still coming together but expect room for comfortable, slightly upscale indoor dining as well as an even more cozy patio to one side. With finishing touches happening now, an opening should be happening on or around September 11 for Sapor. Expect dinner hours only to start, 5 p.m. to midnight.

3600 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA