Window banners are up on part of the old Jerry’s Deli space at 10923 Weyburn Ave. in Westwood Village announcing a future home for Taiwanese treat chain Meet Fresh. The numbers are impressive: With locations around the world, they currently have 800+ stores, there are more than 100 cold and hot desserts on offer, and they claim more than 100 million bowls of their icy grass jelly signature are sold globally every year. The dizzying array of choices will also include such things as tofu pudding, milk tea, egg waffles, and taro balls, all made with traditional Taiwanese methods and the finest ingredients. Interesting…
When you write a blog, you have to be prepared to face your fair share of criticism. But I was completely unprepared for the amount of emotion hurled my way when I posted about the signage of the Jerry’s Deli redo at 13181 Mindanao Way in Marina del Rey. It seems that people were VERY eager to learn more about the prominent location and in particular the opening date, information I simply didn’t have. But thanks to a reader (Thanks AM!) who spotted a notice taped to the front door, I can now report that Stark’s will be open for lunch and dinner and “coffee, house-made pastries and grab & gos” on May 21. You’re welcome.
Back in October of 2017, Jerry’s Deli closed down their massive operation in Marina Del Rey for an overhaul. At the time, Eater reported that they would not open under the same name. Well, after an extensive redo of the commodious space and grounds, a new name has appeared on the corner sign of Mindanao and Marina Expressway. Probably derived from the company CEO’s family name of Starkman, it appears the new name will be Stark’s. We wish them the best of luck.
Update: Stark’s will open on May 21.
Years ago, if you went to a movie in Westwood (yes, people used to do that), chances are you stopped by Jerry’s Deli beforehand. Unfortunately, Jerry’s went extinct in Westwood three years ago and the iconic, cavernous space at 10925 Weyburn Ave. has sat empty ever since. I’ve been watching to see who would finally take down the decrepid for lease sign and breathe new life into an old classic. Well, signs did come down recently, and sadly, according to the notice of public hearing posted on the front, the old Jerry’s will be a future “financial service center”.