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Santa Monica’s Wilshire Restaurant Closes to Rebrand After 14 Years of Business

The restaurant space will be reformatted by owners into something new

Wilshire Restaurant
Wilshire Restaurant
Wilshire Restaurant
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.

One of the Westside’s most respected dining institutions, Wilshire, has closed. Owners for the restaurant have not put out a formal announcement as of yet, but employees of the nearly 15-year-old restaurant began sharing their goodbyes on social media over the weekend.

What’s more, servers and staff members inside the restaurant informed diners (including TimeOut LA’s restaurant and bars editor Stephanie Breijo, apparently) that their Sunday meal would be the last under the Wilshire banner. There were rumors that the restaurant was going to make some large-scale changes for the past several months, and the building and business were on sale back in April.

There is a silver lining to Wilshire’s closure, though. It seems the entire space — including its gorgeous patio — will turn into another restaurant. Renovations could take a couple of months.

Wilshire has a long history of cultivating Westside chef talent, including names like Nyesha Arrington and Andrew Kirshner of Tar & Roses. Brendan Collins was the most recent chef overseeing Wilshire’s kitchen, but it’s unclear who will be doing the next iteration of the place when it returns with a new menu, name, and look later this year.

Wilshire. 2454 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA.