By CHRISTIAN MONTERROSA | Reporter
The much-anticipated Tocaya Organica will not be coming to Palisades Village, according to a spokesperson for Caruso, after the development announced its arrival at the end of September.
This marks the second tenant to withdraw from the prime Sunset Boulevard location after Al Forte by Madeo withdrew in August and is now in a legal battle with Caruso, as both parties are accusing each other of breaching their contract.
“We have decided not to move forward with Tocaya and will be announcing another exciting tenant soon,” a spokesperson for Caruso said.
On September 10, Tocaya Organica owner Amrou Almanaseer registered the “Tocaya Palisades, LLC” name with the Secretary of State, all but confirming the Mexican food chain’s arrival to the Palisades.
Posters that read “Tocaya Organica Coming Soon” lined the walls of the controversial business location, but have since been taken down, sparking a new set of rumors on who will be filling the space next.
Rent for the original flagship restaurant location was priced at over $29,000 per month, according to a copy of the lease agreement between Madeo, the original tenants, and Caruso, but it is not clear if Tocaya Organica agreed to the same price.
Previous prospective tenants reported having to sign a pre-lease agreement and then later being told of costs and logistics not previously mentioned, which led to their decision to withdraw and having to pay a fee.
Additional tenants that were previously announced but have since decided to not open at Palisades Village include Miller’s Oath, max-bone and Marysia.
Almanaseer did not respond to multiple requests for comment. Those who wish to eat at Tocaya can visit the Santa Monica or Venice locations.