In 2008, Tyler Wilson and Joseph Pitruzzelli opened the first Wurstküche, a German-style sausage kitchen, in the elusive and hip arts district of downtown Los Angeles. The restaurant was an instant hit, and the duo opened a second location last fall in Venice Beach, providing westsiders with the same good food and conviviality.
"It's a basic, raw, modern take on a beer hall," says Wilson, who credits Pitruzzelli as the key visionary behind the interiors. "We set out to create a place where people can come and feel comfortable staying all afternoon."
See below for details; for further information, go to Wurstküche.
Photos by Stacey Lindsay for Remodelista.
Above: Reclaimed barn wood from Seattle is used throughout the main dining room of the Venice location. Pitruzzelli, who owns the industrial design firm Trephora Designs, says he played off the angling of the original building and kept many of the raw elements intact.
Above L: Communal dining is paramount; the long biergarden tables are a custom design of Pitruzzelli's. Above R: The bar top is made from quarter sawn douglas fir and the stools (another exclusive design of Pitruzzelli's) are made of reclaimed beach and steel. More information on the stools can be found at WoodSmithe.
Above: Pitruzzelli created his own DIY chandelier by stringing lights throughout the original wood ceiling beams.
Above: Industrial shelving and subway tiling in the front entrance and kitchen.
Above: An outdoor patio offers a few intimate seating options.
Above: Wurstküche is located at 625 Lincoln Blvd in Venice, CA.
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