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A dim restaurant in the evening, with a semi-opaque kitchen in the back corner.
Yours Truly
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Vartan Abgaryan Wants to Win Over Venice Locals With Crispy Nashville Hot Shrimp

Inside Yours Truly, opening Thursday on Abbot Kinney

Chef Vartan Abgaryan’s new Westside project is ready to get the Venice party started anew. The former 71Above fine dining chef has gone completely casual along Abbot Kinney, turning the closed Salt Air into something new entirely. Welcome to Yours Truly.

Yours Truly takes the bones of four-year-old Salt Air and gives them some new skin, complete with whitewashed brick, colorful art, lots of greenery, and bright orange banquette seating. Hanging pendant lights and an eight-seat marble bar help to pull the open 85-seat room together, with the kitchen only visible through some lightly tinted glass. There is also a private dining room in the back that seats 12.

On the menu side, Abgaryan is pulling from all corners with a meal that may start with avocado hummus and za’atar flatbread before moving into Nashville-style hot shrimp and $32 bucatini carbonara with uni and trout roe. Beverage director Brian Butler (Sunny Spot, A-Frame) is on to oversee the cocktails. The opening menus are below.

Yours Truly opens to the world on Thursday night for dinner, thanks to Abgaryan and partners Dave Reiss (Salt Air, A-Frame) and Paul Pruitt (New School consulting). Hours run from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. (11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights), with lunch and brunch to come.

Yours Truly. 1616 Abbot Kinney, Los Angeles, CA.

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Avocado hummus and za’atar flatbread
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Carrots with burrata
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Crispy octopus
A light yellow plate with crusted hot shrimp on top.
Nashville hot shrimp
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Skate wing
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The open dining room
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The kitchen to the left
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Art on the walls
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The logo
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