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Elegant Sherman Oaks Evening Restaurant Closes After One-and-a-Half Year Run

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Chef Aaron Robins is doubling down on his Boneyard empire instead with a Latin restaurant

SOCA in Sherman Oaks
Wonho Frank Lee

Finer dining Sherman Oaks option SOCA is set for a big shift. The Aaron Robins restaurant will close on October 7 for a light overhaul that largely does away with the upscale touches, emerging from the other side as a much more casual new Latin-inspired restaurant.

The new restaurant is to be called Boneyard Cocina + Cantina, a play on Robins’ popular nearby sister restaurant Boneyard Bistro. At the more than decade-old Bistro, Robins focuses on barbecue, burgers, and beer, but this new complementary offshoot is all about tacos, bright colors, and and a ton of pan-Latin dishes. And whereas SOCA’s bar was a gin-lover’s dream, the new plan is to focus more heavily on tequilas and rums inside.

Reps for SOCA confirmed that the last day of service for the restaurant in its current form will be Sunday, October 7, followed by a ten-day remodel of the existing space. As for specific menu items and what the restaurant will end up looking like, that remains to be seen.

Meanwhile, Sherman Oaks continues to grow as a culinary destination overall, thanks to names like Sushi Note, Bluebird Brasserie, and Ludo Lefebvre’s own Valley expansion of Petit Trois.

Boneyard Cocina + Cantina. 14015 Ventura Blvd., Los Angeles, CA.

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