Bizarrely-Named Cugurt Quietly Replaced by Hot Chicko’s in Los Feliz

Hot Chicko's—whose name might be as equally unusual—is 'opening soon' in the Hillhurst Kafco Plaza storefront.
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Cugurt, a Mediterranean eatery in Los Feliz mostly known by its neighbors for its unusual name, has closed. The space won’t sit dark long, however. Hot Chicko’s—whose name might be as equally unusual—has moved in and is “opening soon” in place of the bizarrely-named Cugurt, according to signage on the Hillhurst Kafco Plaza storefront.

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It’s unclear where the Cugurt name comes from and reps for the now-shuttered eatery over the weekend did not immediately respond to a request for comment by What Now Los Angeles (WNLA). Yelpers have long guessed the meaning behind the restaurant’s name as LAist’s Gina Pollack aptly points out. “Since its opening, Cugurt has sparked a healthy debate on Yelp, where users have suggested that the name signifies either a combination of the words ‘cucumber’ and ‘yogurt,’ ‘cumin’ and ‘yogurt’ or a combination of the owners’ names Curtis and Gurtrude (the owner’s names are a mystery to us, so we’ll just go with this),” Pollack writes.

It’s closure left L.A. in mourning as memorialized in a Twitter thread over the weekend. Los Feliz resident Andrew Woods started the chain tweeting, “RIP to a true original. An icon. RIP Cugurt,” which was posted alongside the below picture of the new Hot Chicko’s. Television writer Todd Levin quickly quipped back asking, “How did they find a business with an even worse name?” Lovebirds Actor Kumail Nanjiani apparently had given his wife Emily V. Gordon the nickname “Cugurt,” tweeting, “Well I guess I need a new nickname for Emily”.

As for the incoming Hot Chicko’s, the details are scarce. A barren website gives no clues and calls to the restaurant by WNLA went unanswered Sunday.

Photo: Andrew Woods on Twitter

Caleb J. Spivak

Caleb J. Spivak is the Founder of What Now Media Group, Inc. Check out our publications in your city: Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Jacksonville, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New York, Orlando, Orange County, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco, and Tampa.
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HOT CHICKO'S
2 years ago

Hi Caleb, thank you so much for taking the time and writing about our soon to be open restaurant HOT CHICKO’S! We can’t wait to serve amazing tasting Nashville style hot chicken to our dear customers and communities. We are so exited to take a part in Hillhurst community, get to know our customer, and show our love for LA! Thank you for publishing and supporting LA small businesses.

” WHAT is better than chicken and hot Cheetos, HOT CHICKO’S!”

Veet
Veet
1 year ago

Unsure where the name comes from?

did you even try finding out?

It’s their most popular sauce, the cucumber yogurt – cugurt.

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