Gjelina Group


VENICE CA, 90291



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About the Gjelina Group

Gjelina Group creates hospitality experiences delivered from a place of purpose, with simplicity. Named for founder Fran Camaj’s mother, Gjelina opened on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in 2008, serving locally-sourced, produce-forward food and becoming a staple in the Venice community.

Since then, our businesses have evolved with our neighborhood — with our menus guided by conversations and long-standing relationships with Southern California farmers, local ranchers, fishermen, and co-ops.

We now own and operate our restaurant Gjelina, Gjusta Bakery (our deli-bakery-cafe), Gjelina Take Away (our Venice take away spot), Gjusta Goods (our retail store), Gjusta Grocer (our market and grocery), Gjusta Flower Shop, and Gjusta Apartment. Alongside we operate our nonprofit Gjelina Foundation and Gjusta Studios, our evolving spaces for interdisciplinary creative residencies.

In 2022 we opened our first East Coast location with an outpost of Gjelina NY at 45 Bond Street in Noho. Our future ventures include a Venice hotel and a new location for Valle, our Oaxacan restaurant.

Gjelina started in owner Fran Camaj's Abbot Kinney apartment in 2008 — with his apartment in what's currently the Gjelina kitchen, and the front dining room originally a French vintage furniture and repair shop.
Our restaurants source fresh produce directly from SoCal farmers and most of the meat and seafood from local ranchers, fishermen, and co-ops. We shop at five farmer’s markets throughout the week and receive deliveries daily.
The original Gjelina and her sister Gjusta, photographed in Montenegro in 1962.
Our work is grounded in longstanding relationships with our vendors and local farmers — seasonality and quality guide our process, with our evolving menus an ongoing dialogue between our farms, chefs, and produce buyer.

The Gjelina Journal

Stories from the Gjusta Goods community — conversations with our makers, farmers, friends, and team.

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