Jin Patisserie Closing in Late March

Owner says rent increase forced her out. However, the company's production kitchen in Culver City will be open to the public.

After almost 10 years on Abbot Kinney, Jin Patisserie will close March 24 due to a “sharp increase in rent,” according to owner Kristy Choo. 

The restaurant does not have a new location lined up, and for now, will focus on cooking for wholesale customers. Its production kitchen, located at 5741 Buckingham Pkwy. in Culver City, will also be open for retail customers, who are encouraged to call in or email orders at (310) 399-8801 or info@jinpatisserie.com

“I would like to thank you all for supporting us all these years. Without you, I would not have been able to fulfill my dream of doing what I love and still be able to stay in business and make a living,” Choo said in a letter.

Choo said that she currently pays about $6,000 a month and the building owner now wants $40,000 a month.

Choo grew up in Singapore, and after a stint as a flight attendant on Nippon Airways, she decided to attend the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco. It was there she realized her passion for chocolates and desserts, and she competed in the 2002 Culinary World Cup in Luxembourg. 

Lucy February 28, 2013 at 07:47 PM
40 grand a month is a mer pittance to be on the "Coolest Street In America"
Eric March 01, 2013 at 06:56 AM
From 6k to 40k? There has to be more to this story. That just doesn't make any sense to me.
Lucy March 01, 2013 at 01:56 PM
Eric "location "location" location" Welcome to the new Venice. This is the future baby.
Jenny Baum March 01, 2013 at 03:22 PM
The "new Venice" isn't Venice... It's turning into Montana Ave and it is sad, sad, sad.
Kelly Moses March 01, 2013 at 05:41 PM
I agree with Eric. I live in Venice. I find the $32,000 per month increase in rent a little weird. Something doesn't make sense. It's not even legal to increase rent by that much.
Lucy March 01, 2013 at 06:14 PM
Kelly you must be one of those airy fairy nut jobs. People can legally raise commercial rents to what ever they want. Believe it or not this is still a free country.
Cirel March 01, 2013 at 07:03 PM
I think Lucy works for the folks who increased her rent ! its a shame and the fact that she is ok with this rent increase..... is absurd.
Gina Maslow March 02, 2013 at 12:25 AM
Kelly Moses March 02, 2013 at 04:49 AM
I wondered how Jin maintained residence as long as they did, with their bad tea, stale confections and rude service. Good riddance!
Chewy March 02, 2013 at 06:13 AM
It is already rented to a new tenet for 40 thousand. You want to be in Venice your going to have to pay big time folks.
Karen Wolfe March 02, 2013 at 03:51 PM
The rents are skyrocketing on AK because a new company has bought up a bunch of the land. When rents increase tenfold, it's simply a legal eviction notice. The next tenant probably won't be asked to pay THAT much, but it'll be higher and it'll be the kind of the tenant that the landlord envisions, not the one he inherited. The bummer is that for several years things could have been done to discourage the kind of explosion that many termed "success" on AK. But anytime people objected to a new bar or restaurant, for example, without any parking, they were shouted down as not keeping up with progress.
jeff davis March 02, 2013 at 05:00 PM
10 Fold rent increases need to be posted thus Wanted snooty commercial sell out no character tenet to fleece consumers and take any sense of art and community away before people discover what that is
jeff davis March 02, 2013 at 05:20 PM
capitalism a love storey ! Land grabbing pigs all ways thrive when unregulated property sales are allowed without community traditions being taken into account
karin spritzler March 03, 2013 at 06:17 PM
just remember : rent increase equals a croissant costing forty times more, too.
Deborah Lashever March 03, 2013 at 11:45 PM
As I heard it, a certain local Realtor told the Landlord they could get that much. They never will, but now they think they will so Jin is out. One more sad tale in the saga of the gentrification of Abbot Kinney....
Deborah Lashever March 03, 2013 at 11:47 PM
Deborah Lashever March 03, 2013 at 11:48 PM
Kelly, Now that is just mean spirited. Way to kick someone when they are down! Geez!
Deborah Lashever March 03, 2013 at 11:51 PM
Karen, That GQ article was the kiss of death for us here on AK. Big money was already sniffing about after Google moved in but the GQ thing sealed the deal. J Crew is currently shopping the street, btw....
Deborah Lashever March 03, 2013 at 11:54 PM
All it takes is one Realtor that says they can get that money (even if they can't)and the Landlord gets rid of the former tenant. At least in this case.


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