San Francisco Sandwich Joint Eyes Westwood Location

Ike's Place is looking to open a Los Angeles location and has its eye on a Westwood Village spot.

One of San Francisco's sandwich restaurants is calling on fans to help the eatery open up a Westwood Village location.

Ike's Place, a popular sandwich joint with nine Bay Area locations and a wide variety of sandwiches with names like the Captain Kirk, Backstapper, Green Goblin and Ugly Owl, tweeted and posted to Facebook last week, asking fans to "help expedite a So Cal Ike's."

The chain's hope, according to the Facebook page, is to move into a spot on Westwood Boulevard currently rented to a Subway restaurant. Subway's lease has expired and is not being renewed, according to the Facebook post.

Do you want to see Ike's go into the space where Subway is in (their lease just expired & they will not be renewing)? Well, the landlord hasn't heard of Ike's, so if you want to help expedite a So Cal Ike's, holler at the landlord's representative, Anat, and let her know how awesome we are.

According to Zagat blog writer Lesley Balla, Ike's Place owner Ike Shehadeh "met with investors and looked at locations (in L.A.) last year." 

Would you like to see Ike's Place open in the Village? Tell us in the comments section below.

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Sara Fay December 10, 2012 at 08:23 PM
More Westwood Village noms!
Ike Shehadeh December 10, 2012 at 09:44 PM
Thanks for the article, Rebecca--I appreciate it. Love & Sandwiches, Ike
Louis Schillace December 10, 2012 at 10:20 PM
Westwood Villiage would be a great location for Ike's. The Village is becoming home to more and more great restaurants. Landlords should sieze this opportunity to make the village into a culinary destination. They should be seeking out new concepts like this to make Westwood Village the place all new concepts want to be seen.
Charles Carter December 13, 2012 at 11:27 PM
I haven’t been this excited about a fast/casual place potentially coming to Westwood Village in quite a l-o-n-g time. I didn’t know about Ike’s Place until this past summer when I visited my daughter in San Francisco. After eating there two times all I can say is your taste buds will be doing ‘push-ups with delight’ if we are lucky enough to get an Ike’s. Sure, Westwood Village has plenty of just OK to sub-par-for-the-course sandwich-specific shops like Sepi’s, Fat Sal's, Jersey Mike’s, and Sandbag’s, along with a plethora of other places where one can get a sandwich--like Corner Bakery, Whole Foods and Corner Bakery. You buy a sandwich from those places; sure, it fills your hunger but you won’t savor the flavor of that sandwich’s soul like you will at Ike’s Place. I agree with the description that it’s nirvana between two slices of bread baked fresh to order. I’m assuming a Southern California menu (http://ilikeikesplace.com/menu) would favor names of L.A. athletes/teams in lieu of one's associated with Bay Area teams. Sure, the restaurant business can be treacherous with no guarantee of success. In Westwood Village, some restaurant closures have been surprising, others too predictable. That said if Ike’s Place opens a location in Westwood, they will quickly become one of those iconic places, like Diddy Riese, that people line up for from near and far. Order some stanchion poles and get in line to welcome Ike’s to the neighborhood!


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