Sending Love to Local Favorite, Wabi Venice
Early Wednesday morning, longtime Venice restaurant Wabi (formerly Wabi Sabi) caught fire and suffered serious damage although the building is still standing.
At 5:41 a.m., firefighters responded to a blaze burning at 1636 Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Upon arrival, flames were visible from the outside and starting to spread into the neighboring unit, The Tasting Kitchen, another popular Venice restaurant. According to the Los Angeles Fire Department, it took 36 firefighters 37 minutes to extinguish the blaze and there were no reported injuries. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, though LA Eater has reported that it may have been electrical.
While the inside of the restaurant was completely gutted by flames, the structure is still standing and according to an Instagram post from the restaurant (@wabivenice), Wabi Venice will open back up. We are happy to hear this news as Wabi has been home to some of our best memories, including the engagement party of our very own Katie Pardee + Chris Kyriakos. We can’t wait to see your doors open again!
Source: Yo! Venice