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Chez Nous Closes; Seafood Spot Moving In

A Toluca Lake restaurateur plans on serving sushi and other seafood items alongside a bakery left from a previous business.

Come the second week of March, Baret Lepejian will unveil Luca's, a seafood eatery replacing Chez Nous Restaurant and Bakery in Toluca Lake.

The restaurateur bought the French bistro last summer and halted everything except for the bakery.

While trying to figure out how to make his new venture "outside the box," Lepejian said he thought why not serve hot rolls and pastries under the same roof as catches from the deep?

"There's nothing in Toluca Lake quite like this," said Lepejian, who resides in the neighborhood. "It's an uncommon relationship between a bakery, traditional sushi and a bar/restaurant with cooked seafood."

A sushi bar is being installed right next to the bakery, while another chef was hired to prepare hot dishes like steamed halibut, he said.

Lepejian also owns Lucy's 51 a few blocks east of Luca's on Riverside Drive as well as burger joint Tinhorn Flats in Burbank.

Chez Nous was in business for 30 years, but Lepejian said fans of the French bistro can still buy their favorite baked goods.

"Most of the people that love Chez Nous went in for the bakery, for the breakfast. That's all going to stay," he said.

Remodeling for Luca's is currently wrapping up. Lepejian said he plans to add several TVs to the bar area and offer discounted sushi during a late night happy hour.

He added Luca's bakery will open at 6 a.m., while the sushi kitchen should start serving customers around noon.

Sherry Barnett February 20, 2013 at 06:42 PM
Sounds like the best of both worlds to me. Mornings with the best baked goods in the neighborhood ... new sushi w/cooked food for those who avoid raw fish ... and late night Sushi Happy Hour! Sounds great! I'll be there ...
JAGR February 23, 2013 at 09:16 PM
Sounds great to me, I love seafood and baked goods....Butch, I'm sorry that happened to you....it's 2013, you would think we would be beyond snubbing people for race or persuasion...
Jim Maurer March 07, 2013 at 06:52 AM
Is the piano going to be there? Because I know the best, perfect pianist for those romantic, quiet dinners!!
Lola Ciccone March 19, 2013 at 02:34 AM
Please no loud tv's or music! We need a classy joint in the area. A nice piano or jazz group would work better. Tv's in a restaurant are very tacky unless its a Sportsbar.
Bob Loblaw April 10, 2013 at 03:18 AM
I normally don't post about food, but felt compelled to do so. Let me start by saying the service is phenomenal. Having said that, had the plates been empty upon arrival at our table, the evening old have been perfect. Lobster bisque that had the consistency of water, and a pork chop so sweet that dessert sounded savory and I just wanted the check. We live local, and hoped for one resaurant that wasn't just appetizers and grog. Unfortunately, this isn't it.

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