Louie’s of Mar Vista is an enthusiastic celebration of Southern California food and lifestyle, living in the present with an eye on the past.
In 1946 chef John’s grandfather, Bill Atkinson, and his buddy, Louie, returned home from their service overseas in the Navy. War was over! A few years later Louie opened a butcher shop on this site selling hand made sausages, freshly butchered meats and fish with local wine. A Mar Vista community standard for over a decade, Louie retired and sold the building in 1967 to his old war buddy, Bill.
As a way to pay homage to those men and their generation we decided to bring “Louie’s” back to the neighborhood. After an exhausting 5 year renovation we are here with no intention of leaving again.
Laura’s restaurant design offers a beautiful bar and dining room that Louie and Bill would feel right at home in today. Featuring teak wood, Carrara marble and brass fixtures with custom bar stools, tables and a leather banquette.
From the kitchen John create and execute bold, well-seasoned dishes, many of which Louie and Bill would recognize the foundation of. His attention to traditional and new cuisines is matched only by his adherence to modern, moral imperatives in animal husbandry. The mark of any good kitchen is a strong respect for the protein it serves.
Rian Capaci, local artist, has created a stunning mural depicting the Old Testament Revelations 12:7-13: “I saw the beast coming out of the water and they did battle upon the earth…” We have great respect and reverence for the animals we source that have given everything for our dining experience.
A hive of several thousand bees was discovered in the large sign above the building when we started to restore it. Because there is a chronic shortage of bees on this planet, we decided to move the hive to properly constructed hive boxes onto the roof of Louie’s just west of the skylight. At dusk we often watch the collector bees returning with nectar and pollen from local plants, only to feed the hive and go out again to pollenate at sun-up. These are Mar Vista’s bees. They reside harmoniously with us on our roof for the small fee of a little honey for our kitchen. Enjoy a “Bee Sting” from the bar!
The Mar Vista weekly Sunday farmer’s market at our front door is a great source for local ingredients. We will open for brunch at 11 a.m. and remain open until midnight. Much of what you see on your plate probably came from the market. Louie’s would like to thank the community and the Mar Vista Community Council for their aid and support in helping us achieve our goal. We believe that this is the beginning of a long and beautiful collaboration and friendship