True landmarks withstand the test of time, evolving with their surroundings to remain relevant, while staying true to their roots. Yamashiro is one such institution that has graced the City of Angels landscape for over 90 years. This thriving restaurant and event venue celebrated the Golden Age of Hollywood and suffered the hardships of WWII. Through it all, Yamashiro’s continued growth and success has been overseen by only a few.
Three generations of the Glover family have participated in the reinvention and revival of Yamashiro during the past 60+ years. The social and economic burdens of WWII hit Yamashiro hard. Anti-Japanese sentiments shook Yamashiro to its core—the restaurant was even accused of being a signal tower for the Japanese. Having been shunned by its once adoring community, Yamashiro was left vulnerable to the elements and even vandalism. In 1948, Thomas O. Glover purchased Yamashiro with the intension of demolishing the structure to build apartments. Thankfully though, Glover soon realized the true value of the buildings and promptly took to restoring Yamashiro to its glory days.
Andre Ulloa is the grandson of Tom O. Glover, the builder with an eye for potential that purchased a sorely neglected Yamashiro. Following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, Andre has proudly adopted the responsibility of upholding the high standards for quality and taste Yamashiro represents. Going far beyond simply maintaining the original structures, Andre is exploiting the location’s incomparable views and architectural elements to give Yamashiro patrons the most complete dining experience possible. Adoring couples often frequent the interior garden court to recite their vows; others celebrate the SoCal sun at the iconic Pagoda Bar, which features artisanal cocktails and prime real estate overlooking the pool.
This “mountain palace” may be well known for its panoramic views, but Andre is ensuring that Yamashiro’s Asian inspired cuisine is equally spectacular. He regularly conspires with Executive Chef Brock Kleweno to create dishes that respect traditional Japanese techniques, while pushing the envelope in the way of bold flavor combinations. Andre is happy to note that the Kurobuta Pork Carnitas are among his favorites.
Now with his brother and wife’s help, Andre Ulloa is carrying on his family’s tradition of being steward to one of Los Angeles’ finest establishments and historical landmarks. And by the taste of it, he’s doing a fine job!