My colleague Daniela Galarza posted her list of defunct restaurants here on lamag.com and it got me thinking about my old favorites that went to that big dining room in the sky last year. We're grateful that some, like Henry’s Tacos, Irv’s Burgers, and Tom Bergin’s, were reborn before the year was out. Here are ten classic L.A. restaurants that didn't make it to 2014.
Date of closure: March 9
What we miss: Rufus the giant Pacu.
DAMIANO’S MR. PIZZA
Date of closure: May
What we miss: The absolute total darkness and late night hours.
V Date of closure: July
What we miss: Cheap beer for pilots flying out of Whiteman airport.
Date of closure: September
What we miss: The champagne cocktails and piano lounge.
Date of closure: October 31
What we miss: The Terry Richardson wood paneling and suspiciously cheap steaks.
Date of closure: December
What we miss: The elderly chess players on picnic tables in the middle of the night.
MISSION FAMILY RESTAURANT
Date of closure: December 1
What we miss: The last googie coffee shop in Pomona.
BARRAGAN’S ECHO PARK
Date of closure: December 13
What we miss: Jaywalking across Sunset to the parking lot.
Date of closure: December 31
What we miss: The oversized lava lamps and groovy elevator music.
PASADENA Date of closure: December 31
What we miss: Enjoying a mid-afternoon potato patch omelet in an oversized wing chair.
Encounter photo by Monkeytime Brachiator