January 25, 2022 #1 Local News, Forum, Information and Event Source for Venice Beach, California.

‘The Venice Merchant’ Coming Soon!

The building that is now Hal’s Restaurant on Abbot Kinney was originally built and operated as “The Venice Merchant” “The Merchant of Venice” (thanks to the forum posters for the correction), a purveyor of all good things. Giles and Laura Donovan are now bringing “The Venice Merchantback to the Venice as a purveyor of great local foods.

‘The Venice Merchant’

From Giles and Laura:

We have a simple model that requires 150 of us to get together, and with you we can get wholesale prices from great quality producers and deliver to your door for 25% less than shopping at a store. Your food will be delivered in an awesome wooden crate with our ‘VM’ logo branded on the side. We’re bringing back the milk man, and all that’s great about community delivery with a virtual delicatessen for local foods.

We’ve visited all the farms we procure from and can vouch for their love of nature, and great taste of their organic products. You can read about the sources on our website. We’ll also deliver each crate with 3 recipes for the seasonal fruit and vegetables we recommend for that week. Our recommendations and recipes are based on our knowledge of which local foods are at their most delicious for that time of year.

You’ll be able to customize your service and delivery – each week we’ll let you know what’s in next week’s crate as well as the recipes, so you can make substitutions and shop for additional items such as bread, dairy and meats. Cut off point is Monday and your choices are picked, packed and delivered to your door the next day. You’ll have the choice of either weekly or bimonthly delivery. There is no minimum membership period as we’re confident you’ll be happy with the service.

To give our thanks and get to know each other as we progress towards the 150 members we are hosting farm to table dinners in our Venice backyard. The first dinner, the Founders Feast, is now subscribed as we are already at 50 members with only 2 weeks of spreading the word. The next dinner will be hosted when we reach 100 members. When we reach 150 members we’ll celebrate by throwing a pizza party with our friends at Deus Ex Machina, and the pizza’s will showcase the great tasting products available through ‘The Venice Merchant’.

Please visit our website and join us!

Giles & Laura Donovan
The Venice Merchants

in Dining
Related Posts

Rooftop LAX Views at New Bar and Restaurant

January 19, 2022

January 19, 2022

Hyatt House LAX now open By Dolores Quintana A new bar and restaurant has opened with rooftop views of LAX. ...

Hurry Curry Returns!

January 13, 2022

January 13, 2022

Westside favorite to open in March on Ocean Park By Dolores Quintana Former Sawtelle favorite Hurry Curry of Tokyo will...

Killer Cafe Relaunched as Killer Shrimp

January 5, 2022

January 5, 2022

24-hour American diner to become sushi restaurant By Dolores Quintana In the former Killer Cafe space in Marina del Rey...

Food Review: Go Go Bird Brings LA-Style Fried Chicken to Westside

January 5, 2022

January 5, 2022

Chef Brandon Kida’s Go Go Bird comes to Citizen Public Market By Dolores Quintana Culver City’s Citizen Public Market has...

Yo! Venice’s Best Westside Dishes of 2021

December 28, 2021

December 28, 2021

By Sam Catanzaro Whether it’s breakfast, lunch, dinner or anytime in-between, the Westside has no shortage of world-class food to...

Langer’s Expands Delivery Service to Westside With Hefty Price Tag

December 22, 2021

December 22, 2021

$74 for two sandwiches  By Dolores Quintana Langer’s Deli, the venerated and 74-year-old institution, knows what the Westside has been...

Popular Venice Burger Joint Opens Silverlake Location

December 21, 2021

December 21, 2021

Plus free udon with ugly sweater, Tyra Banks Closes Santa Monica Ice Cream Shop Westside Dining Scene December 23, 2021...

Islands Closes in Marina, Schwartz’s Opening on Pico, Prime Pizza Coming to Santa Monica

December 15, 2021

December 15, 2021

Westside Dining Scene December 16, 2021 By Dolores Quintana and Sam Catanzaro Schwartz’s Opening on Pico In the Pico-Robertson District,...

Former SpaceX Engineer Opening Robotic Pizza Restaurant

December 15, 2021

December 15, 2021

Stellar Pizza coming to LA-area in 2022 By Dolores Quintana Stellar Pizza, a new robotic pizza restaurant concept from a...

Renowned Tokyo-Born Ramen Restaurant Opens Third U.S. Location on the Westside

December 15, 2021

December 15, 2021

Ramen Nagi makes SoCal debut in Westfield Century City By Kerry Slater A legendary Japanese ramen restaurant has opened its...

Michelin-Recognized Venice Restaurant Offering Christmas Eve Menu

December 8, 2021

December 8, 2021

Westside Dining Scene December 9, 2021 Plant Food + Wine, the plant based, vegan restaurant from Chef Matthew Kenney in...

One of LA’s Best Omakase Counters is Tucked Away in a Santa Monica Hotel Lobby

December 8, 2021

December 8, 2021

Sushi Chef Masa Shimakawa’s Soko restaurant offers an extraordinary culinary experience By Sam Catanzaro Tucked into the lobby of a...

French-style Bodega Comes to Venice

December 2, 2021

December 2, 2021

Zinqué opens new Venice flagship location & French-style Bodega À Côté By Kerry Slater French restaurant Zinqué owner Emmanuel Dossetti...

Abbot Kinney Gets New Wine Bar

November 23, 2021

November 23, 2021

Heather Tierney opens Only The Wild Ones By Dolores Quintana Venice has a new wine bar!  Heather Tierney, owner of...

Venice’s First Self-Serve Tap Room

November 18, 2021

November 18, 2021

Westside Dining Scene November 18, 2021 By Dolores Quintana Beach and Brew, a new self pour taproom, has opened in...