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This Former Santa Monica Sandwich Shop Jumps Into Shuttered Mexikosher

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Carvery Kitchen will open in May

Carvery Kitchen
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Mona Holmes is a reporter for Eater Los Angeles and a regular contributor to KCRW radio. She has covered restaurants, dining, and food culture since 2016. In 2022, the James Beard Foundation nominated her for a Jonathan Gold Local Voice Award.

Last week, Santa Monica sandwich shop Carvery Kitchen moved across town to Pico-Robertson and into the closed Mexikosher space, solving the mystery of its March closing. The four-year-old restaurant plans to reopen in May.

Westside spotter ToddRickAllen recently noticed the empty Westside restaurant with no signs or notice on the door. Carvery Kitchen simply outgrew its space on Ocean Park Boulevard, and was looking for a busier neighborhood.

Eater spoke with Carvery’s marketing manager Mela Gallegos about the changes. Gallegos cited Ocean Park’s poor foot traffic during evenings and weekends. After closing in late March, the owners found a vacancy at Katsuji Tanabe’s Mexikosher, which closed on April 5. Carvery Kitchen assumed the lease, and will spend weeks making mostly cosmetic changes to the new space on Pico near Robertson.

The menu will experience a revamp at the new location. The signature dip sandwiches are staying put, but the remaining items will likely change, along with the introduction of new entrees once a month and seasonal dishes.

Another factor was Carvery Kitchen’s expanding catering business. The new location will allow them to facilitate larger catering jobs.

Carvery Kitchen
8832 W Pico Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA


8832 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035 (310) 271-0900 Visit Website