Nancy Vrankovic and Anne Conness opened Sausal in El Segundo four years ago and since then it has become a staple in downtown El Segundo. Their next venture, Mosa, recently opened its doors in Hermosa Beach and they hope the new eatery will cultivate the same type of loyal following.
Mosa replaced Serve on 2nd, which opened in May 2018, and had replaced Tamie’s Corner House Cafe, which closed in 2017. Vrankovic said they looked at the neighborhood, and they felt a family-friendly, seafood-pasta house would be the best fit.
“This neighborhood is really sophisticated and they know what they like,” Vrankovic said. “So we felt would do some light shell fish, fresh oysters, we thought it would be well received.”
Conness and Vrankovic’s business partner Bob Lombardo, who owns RSI Group, helped build Sausal and was part of the build-out at Serve on 2nd. When he took over the space, he invited Vrankovic and Conness as business partners at Mosa.
“In less than two months we turned it around,” said Vrankovic of transitioning from Serve on 2nd to Mosa.
Vrankovic said she hopes Mosa is not so different as Sausal, in that it is a neighborhood-oriented restaurant and attracts the locals.
“We wanted to create a warm place that people can come back to,” Vrankovic said.
Currently Mosa is only open for dinner. The hours are Thursdays, 4 to 9 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 4 to 11 p.m.; and Sundays, 4 to 9 p.m.
Vrankovic said they hope to offer Saturday and Sunday brunch soon.
Mosa is located at 190 Hermosa Ave.