Industry Café & Jazz is a rare Eritrean restaurant from chef and jazz musician Aron (Tsenasel) Tadesse in Culver City’s Arts District that started serving a Pop-Up Lunch on March 28, featuring the main man partnering with Jamie (The Walnut) Woolner and Angel (Moonshine) Martinez. Woolner is chef-owner at Pizza of Venice, which “sells boutique pizza to wine bars and coffee shops. He is opening a café in Altadena called P.O.V. Market” and would like to sell his pizza at farmers markets. Martinez “has worked for some of the top restaurants in L.A., including Valentino, Taverna Tony and (currently) Sotto. He specializes in wine and service.” Yes, the back of the menu is revealing.
They have a small menu of “Hot” and “Cold” dishes in the colorful café, including salads, pizzas, and my personal favorite: Braised Pork Sandwich ($9). The juicy meat bathes in a savory sauce of pork jus, lemon juice, rosemary, garlic and olive oil and rests with arugula in crusty Dolce Forno ciabatta. Crispy slices of house-cured pancetta definitely brought the sodium levels into the red, but considering they’ve only been open a week, and that they typically ply their trade with pizza, I’m hopeful that they’ll find porcine balance.
Dose of Vitamin P spotlights my favorite pork dish from the previous week.