After two months of slinging soul food in Culver City, Chef Jason Fullilove closed the Westside Barbara Jean in mid-August. The chef cited a number of reasons for the shutter. Fullilove found Culver Crossroads wasn’t the best fit for Barbara Jean, the space was initially a short-term agreement, and the chef simply needed to focus on other projects.
“I decided to walk away from Culver City because it wasn’t built for Barbara Jean,” says Fullilove. “The space didn’t really work for us and I had so may other things to focus on. Long story short, we now have serious plans to build the real Barbara Jean LA. The restaurant I’ve envisioned and have been working on relentlessly for the past three years will have a permanent home in 2019.”
It’s been a busy summer for Fullilove. While the Culver City outpost is now closed, Barbara Jean is a tenant at the recently opened The Fields, the Banc of California Stadium’s food hall. He also opened the newly popular Hilltop Coffee + Kitchen with Parlor owners Ajay Relan and Yonnie Hagos on August 13, and partnered with Silver Lake’s iconic El Cid to launch El Oso at El Cid on August 9. Back in 2017, Barbara Jean Melrose went from pop-up to full-service until its closure last year.