Firestone Walker’s foray into the Southland has been a long time coming. The move by the Paso Robles beer giant into two adjacent Venice properties was first brought to light back in 2013, and since then it seems like slow going for the brewhouse/taproom/restaurant space. Mostly because there’s a lot of work to be done.
Sure, Thanksgiving is a time to, you know, “give thanks.” But it’s also a time to take thanks, in the form of free food. America’s most gluttonous holiday offers eaters the opportunity to cram their faces with seasonal favorites like stuffing, pumpkin pie and cranberry sauce in the shape of a can. And, if you play your cards right, you could be enjoying it all without paying a dime. And no, we’re not just talking about crashing your ex-girlfriend’s parents’ dinner party and hoping no one notices.
New Venice eatery South End is finally upon us, and dare we say: it’s sort of a strip mall dining dream come true. Located at the southern tip of Abbot Kinney — hence the name — South End was formerly a B1 Bakery before revamping under the wing of Mario Vollera (formerly of Barbershop) and chef Frank Fermin, whose bonafides include a stint at Church & State and Mozza.
Here’s what you can expect to find inside.