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Sorry, Century City, No “Sqirl” Offshoot for You

If you’ve ever been to star chef Jessica Koslow’s “Sqirl,” famous for its ricotta toast and artisan jams in heaping servings, you’ve probably been itching for the day when Koslow’s east side eatery finally makes the trip west. However, despite plans for expansion on the west side, Koslow’s new restaurant “Tel” will apparently not be opening near Century City later this year. Instead, the new restaurant will be built on the east side.

In an interview with Eater LA, Koslow stated:

“More than two years ago, a very generous real estate entrepreneur and investor asked me to open a new restaurant in an industrial space she controlled in West Los Angeles.

Together, we developed plans for Tel, an all-day dining and cultural space in her building, and Telmud, a three-acre farm in her Malibu backyard.

But her building had never been a restaurant. And this led to expensive, time-consuming regulatory delays. Although it wasn’t easy, we finally obtained the necessary building permits, secured key operational licenses, and hired our construction staff. We planned to break ground in January, but my investor backed out just before we could move forward. She told me that there were just too many location-specific barriers to open our restaurant in the building.”

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