Just 18 months after opening its doors on Abbot Kinney, Yours Truly (YT) announced it is permanently closing with an emotional goodbye from head chef Vartan Abgaryan.
The restaurant opened its doors in the spring of 2019 at 1616 Abbot Kinney Blvd. One of its first reviews by food critic Patricia Escarcega of the LA Times described some dishes on the menu as "revel in riotous levels of flavor and spice."
The restaurant first opened its doors in March of 2019--then in March of 2020, when COVID 19 hit, the restaurant posted on Instagram that it increasing efforts to keep the restaurant clean and sanitized--and that it would start offering curbside pick-up to all guests with a simple phone call.
A few days after YT joined an online Change.org petition asking to help service industry workers impacted by COVID19.
On March 20, the restaurant sent out a plea to Governor Gavin Newsom saying "@gavinnewsom We are hurting. Please hear us, listen to us and advocate for us. The time for action is now."
This past Tuesday, November 24, Chef Vartan Abgaryan announced the eatery will not be reopening. In his post he told readers "So thankful for this restaurant @ytvenice WHILE IT LASTED. Thank you to @paul_pruitt and @dfrone and the teams both front and back for allowing me to guide my vision and support me with heart, care and dedication. I have to learn to let go because being a person that at all times needs to be in control, this one was hard! I am trying find My faults to learn and grow, but I can’t. Maybe why it’s hard to let go. I am not alone to say that we are dealt and very unfair and tough hand and forced to play for our and our staff’s livelihoods. I will miss all aspects of this restaurant and I hope I can recreate it one day again. But for now, thank you #losangeles #venice
No word on if Abgaryan and his partners at Yours Truly will keep Post Script, Al Fresco dining across the street from YT, up and running. In an interview with Eater Los Angeles, Abgaryan told reporters they built Post Script because “Financially it wouldn’t make sense to just do sidewalk seating at Yours Truly.”