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Michael Voltaggio’s Sack Sandwiches Shutters Indefinitely Along Melrose

The casual operation survived for more than half a decade

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The Cuban Sandwich from Sack Sandwiches
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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.

Michael Voltaggio may no longer be in the Melrose restaurant business at all, it seems. According to a tipster the former Top Chef star’s casual Sack Sandwiches looks to be down for the count after several days of being buttoned up tight during what would normally be busy lunch hours.

Sack Sandwiches is the current incarnation of the original Ink.Sack, a breezy mostly takeaway operation right next door to Voltaggio’s modernist dinner restaurant Ink. The shop opened in 2011 and eventually spread over to a second storefront on Sunset Boulevard, but that only lasted for a handful of months. And with Voltaggio’s move to take his Ink. project and remake it as Ink.Well over on La Cienega last summer, it left Sack Sandwiches as the only standing Melrose operation Voltaggio had left. Now that appears to be done as well.

Sack Sandwiches is now listed as closed by Google, and Yelpers and Instagram users alike are chiming in to ask the company if it’s really true. For what it’s worth the media team that runs Sack hasn’t posted since February 1, and nobody answered the phone yesterday. Voltaggio’s PR team has told Eater that he plans to reopen Sack Sandwiches somewhere on the current ink.well property along La Cienega, but details haven’t been confirmed yet.

Interestingly enough, there is still an original Ink.Sack inside the Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX — no word on when, or if, that one will go anywhere. Meanwhile, Michael Voltaggio has partnered up with his brother Bryan to open a different fast casual seafood operation called STRFSH over off the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica.