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U-Mini, a new Umami Burger, is coming to Westwood

March 21, 2012 |  1:54 pm

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UCLA students rejoice, Umami Burger -- the juggernaut of a savory burger chain -- is barreling toward Westwood Village, with a targeted opening date of "summer 2012." That could mean August, but when Umami owner Adam Fleischman moves, he tends to move fast. So it could be sooner.

The new Umami location is being called U-Mini because it's a compact version of the chain's regular restaurants. The 1,200-square-foot restaurant will have 45 seats and no servers, and Fleischman says it will focus mainly on to-go business for the fast-moving neighborhood. As such, the Westwood location will also be a testing ground for Web and app ordering and tablet-only customer service.

Customers can also expect U-Mini to be a place to try out new specialty burgers. The menu itself will be an edited version of the regular Umami menu, with these new options rotating in and out.

U-Mini, 1131 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles.

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Photo: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times

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