WOLF IN SHEEP'S CLOTHING
Mismatched plates and chairs lend themselves to an eclectic interior, but inside the white-walled Venice restaurant called Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing is a welcoming atmosphere accompanied by rustic food. “It’s not about super-high-end design,” said co-owner John Mascarenhas, who opened the 1,100-square-foot spot with partners and chefs Brian Dunsmoor and Kris Tominaga in November. “We spent all the money on buying ingredients.”
The location is originally home to an eatery called Capri. Mascarenhas had the idea to open Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing as a three-month pop-up restaurant inside Capri after continually seeing it empty while nearby hot spots such as The Tasting Kitchen remained packed. Now, Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing has become so successful that the team is looking for a permanent location in Venice. Mascarenhas said it was important to serve the community because the entire staff — including Dunsmoor, who worked at Axe down the street, and Tominaga, who was a chef at Joe’s — hails from Venice. This might explain why everything on the menu is priced under $21 to appeal to locals who can keep coming back without breaking their wallets. “We really wanted to make the place a neighborhood restaurant,” said Mascarenhas. “The main thing is we have a lot of fun.” — S.H.
Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing
1616 Abbot Kinney Boulevard
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.