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Citizen Public Market on Thursday announced it will open its Culver City doors on Wednesday, November 18. The food hall — situated in a 1929-era building — is host to several tenants with its anchor being Pizzette, a fast-casual eatery from Nancy Silverton serving sandwiches and salads. Chef Silverton at the end of last month opened Barish in the historic Hollywood Roosevelt hotel, and was recognized with the Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence for Osteria Mozza.
Other food vendors in the multi-story building include Goodboybob Coffee, which operates a location on the Westside, and catering company WEHO Sausage Co., which will serve charcuterie, burgers, beer, and, well, sausage out of its cocktail bar jewel-box space. There will be communal seating on the rooftop in addition to a back patio, which is a critical element while indoor dining is shutdown.
Two other tenants slated to open in Citizen Public Market in the near future include casual Mexican and soul food eatery Jolly Oyster and Louella’s Cali Soul Kitchen from Alta’s Keith Corbin. Hours of operation for Citizen Public Market are set for 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. starting with the debut next week, but hours could differ from vendor to vendor. Rick Moses of RM/d and Jeff Appel of the NOW are behind the food hall.
“When Jeff and I decided to buy the Citizen building we did so because we fell in love with it,” Moses said in a press release. “Only after we closed on the purchase did we begin to think about how best to preserve and adaptively reuse the building. First and foremost, we celebrated the beauty and history of the building by adding design elements that complement the original design. We also wanted to create a special place that would become the heart of the Culver City. As we open the Citizen Public Market we are devoted to artistry, quality, and community in all that we do. We have not only redeveloped the building with great care, we handpicked the best local chefs and restaurateurs to fill the market with the finest food and drink in the Los Angeles area.”
Citizen Public Market, formerly The Citizen Publishing Company Building, has been an architectural landmark in Culver City since it opened in 1929. It was commissioned by Eugene Donovan, publisher of The Citizen newspaper, and designed as a collaborative effort between the publisher’s wife, Catherine Donovan, and architect Orville Clark. In 1987 the building entered the National Register of Historic Places in recognition of its iconic facade with a two-story arched entryway combining Beaux Art and Art Deco elements. Inside, the historic ground-floor reception area leads upstairs to the original publisher’s offices. The interior shares an industrial feel that once was the original printing pressroom and bindery.