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A Modern Mexican Restaurant Goes Into Venice’s Former Superba Snack Bar

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Chulita could open as soon as next month

Superba Snack Bar (Venice) - Designed by Reed Architectural Group & Design, Bitches  Photo: Elizabeth Daniels
The former Superba Snack Bar
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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.

A well-known Venice restaurant space is about to earn another life, as the former Superba Snack Bar makes way for a newcomer to be called Chulita. The space will offer a modern Mexican menu, complete with plenty of mezcal, and could be open by the middle of November.

Chulita comes to the city by way of owner Shireen Imani, with Alex Silva and Vanessa Salas overseeing the kitchen. The couple found work together at the Waldorf in Beverly Hills. For a time, they were even running standalone Feastly brunches and dinners that focused on modern Mexican cooking.

In terms of official Chulita menu, the details are still coming together. That said, expect lots of produce-heavy dishes, traditional Mexican ingredients and modern techniques, and the sort of bright, flavorful cooking that might be found in parts of Mexico City, Tulum, or even at New York City’s Atla. Meredith Hayman, formerly of Michael’s, will operate the full bar.

Rose Avenue’s Superba Snack Bar space, where Chulita will soon reside, was at its height one of the busiest places to eat on the Westside. That’s thanks largely to Jason Neroni, who now cooks at The Rose Cafe), though others like Sydney Hunter III (Petit Trois) also ran the show for a time. Since that shutter, the restaurant has been closed and mostly unused. In the meantime, Chulita is starting to hire up now.

Chulita. 533 Rose Ave., Los Angeles, CA.