Japanese gastropub headed for Echo Park

Former Kush & Cortez space

Former Kush & Cortez space

Storefront ReportECHO PARK — Kush Sake Bar,  a yakitori and sake bar connected to the owner of Silverlake Ramen, has closed a little more than two years  after opening for business. Now, it appears that a new Japanese-style restaurant is preparing to launch in the same spot on Allison Street, off of Sunset Boulevard.

Kush’s state alcohol license has been transferred to Tsubaki LLC, a company controlled by Margaret Courtney Kaplan and Charles Toshio Namba. Not much is known about the new place but food and restaurant writer Pat Saperstein describes it as an izakaya, a Japanese style gastropub.

The Eastsider has contacted Kush, which closed earlier this month,  through its Facebook page but has received no response.

The same brick-walled space housed Cortez, which closed after 18 months.

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  1. Becky with the good hair

    Hopefully the new owners put an emphasis on wait staff that isn’t RUDE and inattentive. The food was pretty good at KUSH but after the second bad experience in as many visits, I never returned.

  2. I have nothing but great things to say about Kush. I never had any bad experiences with the wait staff and found the food consistent–and that’s to say GREAT. I’m still dumbfounded by it’s sudden shuttering. It seemed like it was always busy. This is a huge loss for those of us in the eastern Echo Park food desert.

    • Agreed Victor. One of my absolute favorites in the area.

      It was my understanding that the rumor is that the location/business was bought out. The kush ownership is opening a ramen joint down the road in Echo Park. My guess would be that Kush just wasn’t holding the same profit margins as their multiple ramen spots. Still, disappointing.

      I hope the incoming izakaya does just as well. Glad it’s Japanese.

  3. Wouldn’t surprise me if that was the case.

    Commercial rents are going up. If Kush had a good lease, I could well imagine it would make sense for them to sell out.

    Same thing happened with LA Pizza. The Ostrich Farm owners bought him out.

  4. That’s a bummer – ate there a few times and always enjoyed it. Same with Cortez previously. EP is a real mixed bag in terms of the quality of the new offerings…a lot of very average food, Wonder if rent / renovation pressures are keeping quality out of the kitchens? I was really disappointed by the food at Winsome, though the place looks great and the service good. Ostrich farm has been distinctly sub-par nearly every time I’ve eaten there, though again, the space and service is good. For casual bites, I still love the bar at Taix (great value too,) the Burgers at Holloway and small bites at Button Mash are good too.

    Allumettes was by far the best food I’ve eaten in EP. Shame that closed too!

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