It looks like Los Angeles is adding Paiche to the list of high-profile restaurants (Hatfield’s, Rivera, Chaya Brasserie, Waterloo and City) closing at the end of the year. Eater L.A. is reporting that the Peruvian izakaya in Marina del Rey, which Ricardo Zarate opened less than two years ago, will shutter and make way for a seafood restaurant from a different ownership group.
It’s been a rough year for Zarate. Rumors swirled in October that he had been ousted from all his restaurants, a collection that also includes Mo-Chica and Picca. Paiche appears to be the first one that is changing concepts and owners entirely.
Paiche, with its ceviches and tiraditos, brought Peruvian-Asian fusion and a long awaited destination restaurant to Marina del Rey when it opened in April 2013. It received critical acclaim, both locally and nationally, including being named one of Esquire’s best new restaurants of 2013. But the location, at the base of a residential building near a recently re-flagged mid-range hotel and surrounded by shopping centers, was challenging for what ultimately needed to be a neighborhood restaurant to survive.
Zarate could not be reached for comment.
Paiche, 13488 Maxella Ave., Marina del Rey, 310-893-6100