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Cozy New All-Day Cafe Opens on Sleepy West LA Stretch

Pikoh hits the strip where Chan Dara left off

The former Chan Dara space on Pico Boulevard
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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.

West LA’s shuttered Chan Dara space is getting some new life. The former Pico Boulevard restaurant is currently undergoing a pretty serious facelift in order to reemerge as Pikoh, a new all-day casual California concept with the backing of a Chicago chef.

Pikoh is primarily the work of Fabrice Lorenzi (Butcher’s Dog), but comes packaged with Chicago chef John Wayne Formica, aka the Traveling Cowboy Chef. The plan is to offer breakfast through dinner service, beginning at 7 a.m. for pastries and coffee and winding through to happy hour and late night dessert. There’s going to be a full bar too, plus a lounge area for those just looking to linger with a drink and a few light bites. Look for counter service during the day, and table service from happy hour through dinner.

All told, Pikoh should be capable of holding around 120 seats inside, with another 25 out on the compact front patio that rides up against Pico Boulevard, just west of the 405. As for an opening timeline, expect something in the middle of September, with eventual hours from 7 a.m. to late most days, including weekend brunch. Chan Dara, meanwhile, still operates its longstanding original location over on Larchmont.

Pikoh. 11940 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA