Venice To Get Snug, Six-Seat Restaurant in Early 2021

The still-unnamed eatery will be headed by local James Murez.
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The owner of an artists-in-residence located at 800 Main Street has big plans for a small space. James Murez, a local known for being the manager at Venice Farmers’ Market and a community officer for the Venice Neighborhood Council, hopes to open a six-seat restaurant by the beginning of next year. The service floor area for the still-unnamed eatery is a mere 74 square feet with the total square footage of the space being approximately 2,000 square feet.

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Murez told What Now Los Angeles that the cozy restaurant will have a seasonal, rotating menu. “Maybe smoothies in the morning,” he said, along with eggs and omelets. For the evening he expects “healthy stuff, green stuff,” especially salads.

“I enjoy cooking, and I want to use my space more commercially,” said Murez, who added that he hopes “the restaurant will electrify, wake up the pedestrian visibility of the building.”

The restaurant will be on the ground floor and basement level of the existing three-story building.

The artist-in-residence unit, known as 800 MAIN is located two blocks from the Venice Boardwalk and beach. The building was designed as a “mini mansion” with an infinity-edge lap pool, speakers throughout, and video projection and screening areas.

Michelle Goldchain

Michelle Goldchain is a D.C.-born content creator who previously worked as the Editor of Curbed DC at Vox Media for three and a half years. She has contributed to several local publications, including Vox, Education Week, Washington Business Journal, Eater DC, Washington City Paper, DCist, Washingtonian, and Greater Greater Washington. She also has a background in photography, social media management, and the visual arts. Her main side hustle is a surreal comedy show on YouTube, called Artsplained, that focuses on increasing interest and knowledge in the arts through quirky sketches and long-form essays.
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10 days ago

sounds awesome, I walk past all the time on my way to and from Golds Gym. I can see myself stopping for a protein smoothie on my way home.

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