Atwater Village’s Ozu East Kitchen to make way for wine country cuisine

— First-time restaurateur Paul Yi today announced the upcoming closure of his Ozu East Kitchen, a pan-Asian restaurant that opened only about 15 months ago. Replacing Ozu East will be a restaurant serving wine country cuisine from across the globe.

Yi told The Eastsider that his restaurant will be closing in late April, with regular dinner service ending this Saturday. But he plans to host special suppers and pop-ups until it closes.  Yi, a former film producer, did not say exactly why he was closing but said he planned to spend more time with his family.

It’s been an amazing adventure opening my first restaurant,” Yi said via email.  “I loved meeting new and old friends and celebrating Atwater with great food and drink. I thank all my customers for their support and I loved my staff we had some really fun nights. But it was time to move on to new adventures and I also look forward to spending time with my two lovely boys… ”

Yi’s restaurant will be turning over the space Matthew Kaner, who has been involved in Bar Covell in Los Feliz and other establishments, reports Eater L.A.   In his first try and operating a restaurant on his own, Kanner will focused on “curated wine served with wine country cuisine from around the world,” said Eater.

No word on when Kaner’s restaurant will open.

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  1. Knew this was gonna happen. Don’t know that Atwater will appreciate the crowds that Bar Covell attracts on Hollywood Bl.

  2. I really loved the food at Ozu. It will be missed!

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