12/18/2012 01:11:00 PM

Muddy Leek Opens in Culver City, Urban Radish Coming Soon

Muddy Leek, now open
It's not enough that our chefs are using farm-fresh, locally grown seasonal ingredients. Now the names of their restaurants and shops have to prove it. Enter Muddy Leek, a new spot in the short-lived Batch and Sublime Food Lounge space, from first-time restaurateurs Whitney Flood and Julie Retzlaff. The husband-wife team started underground suppers in New York, and opened Bon Melange catering here a few years ago, always with an eye towards local, seasonal fare. Thus, the name: farms grow muddy leeks, right? John Coltharp, a former Seven Grand-er, is in charge of the cocktail menu. Muddy Leek is now open for lunch (Mon.-Fri., 11 AM to 3 PM), happy hour (Wed.-Fri., 4-6 PM) and dinner (Wed.-Sat., 6-10 PM). Brunch is coming soon (8631 Washington Blvd.; 310-838-2281).

Not to be outdone with the farm-to-table name, Urban Radish, a new store hawking fresh, seasonal produce, is coming to the Arts District in Downtown LA. The warehouse space - you may know it as the chipmunk building near the Biscuit Company and Toy Factory Lofts - will be a full-on grocery with meats, seafood, dairy, deli items, baked goods and other foodstuffs, plus a seating area. It will also have one of the largest electric car charging stations in the state. Look for that debut sometime in early 2013 (660 Matteo St.). [via Blogdowntown]

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