World-Famous Fried Chicken Champ Willie Mae’s Has Arrived in Venice
The first full service expansion for the legendary New Orleans restaurant

The Willie Mae’s wait is over, Los Angeles. The first full-fledged, not-in-New-Orleans restaurant from the famous James Beard Award-winning family has arrived in Venice, meaning that — starting tomorrow — some of America’s best fried chicken is right here. Willie Mae’s is a cultural institution for Louisiana. First opened by Willie Mae Seaton in 1957, the restaurant has gone on to become world-renowned for dishes like its Southern fried chicken, gumbo, mac and cheese, and butter beans, and now great-granddaughter Kerry Seaton-Stewart (who has been running the restaurant since 2007) has brought it all to Los Angeles. “It has been a joy to introduce Willie Mae’s to the Westside through Colony,” says Seaton-Stewart of the group’s previous delivery and takeout opening earlier this year at West LA ghost kitchen Colony Kitchens (which remains open). “We can’t wait to bring the full traditional experience to Venice.”

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Farley Elliott
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