Test Kitchen is closing on December 13th, though we have heard buzz that the successful pop-up factory will reopen in some form somewhere else in the city. Meanwhile, a press release hints that Test Kitchen's space is being re-branded as "The Townhouse on Pico," with plans for three different concepts to come in. In January, Pizzeria Ortica vets Steve Samson and Zach Pollack will replace Test Kitchen with an Italian concept of their own called Sotto. The following month, Ricardo Zarate will open another exploration of Peruvian cuisine called Picca, in the space's second floor, as has been planned since Test Kitchen first appeared. Most unexpected, a third concept is soon going to be announced with Julian Cox, the respected bartender who brought the barbacoa cocktail to Rivera, involved in some way. Three local star-centered spots in one place? Sounds like a mini-mall of upscale dining is headed to Pico.
Which one are you most excited to try? Please let us know in our comments.
The Townhouse, 9575 West Pico Blvd.