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Charming Westwood Staple Fundamental LA to Close After More Than Eight Years

The wine bar and restaurant retains its Downtown location

The quirky bar setup, with a wide angle and blue bottom, at Fundamental LA.
Inside Fundamental LA
Wonho Frank Lee
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.

Westwood dinnertime staple Fundamental LA will close tomorrow, ending a nearly nine-year run for the funky restaurant and wine bar along Westwood Boulevard.

The restaurant confirmed news of the impending closure on social media last night, saying they planned “to focus on the largest part of the business, catering and events.” They also made sure to note that the Downtown location along Grand Avenue would remain up and running, just as it has for the better part of the past two years. Meanwhile, the final day of service for the Westwood original is Friday night.

Still, Westwood will definitely feel the impact of this closure. Fundamental emerged as an antidote to chain restaurant mediocrity further up in Westwood Village near UCLA, growing a fan base of locals and regulars with vibrant seasonal fare and everyday California staples, from a decadent burger to salads, oysters, and brunch. The restaurant also turned out one of the city’s better wine lists under 2015 Eater Young Guns winner Alicia Kemper, and gave rise to her own wine subscription service called Tippler Club. The club will serve its members, transitioning along with staff and customers to Downtown after Friday.

Fundamental LA. 1303 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA.