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.
BAHOOKA 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.
BUGGY WHIP Date of closure: September What we miss: The champagne cocktails and piano lounge.
SHERMAN ROOM Date of closure: October 31 What we miss: The Terry Richardson wood paneling and suspiciously cheap steaks.
TANG’S DONUT 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.
ENCOUNTER Date of closure: December 31 What we miss: The oversized lava lamps and groovy elevator music.
HAMBURGER HAMLET 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