An Ever-Growing List of L.A. Restaurants That Have Closed Amid the Pandemic

A running list of permanent closures across the region
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Local restaurants and bars are what give our neighborhoods their distinct character. As the months pass, we’re seeing numerous restaurants closed permanently, watching as the pandemic decimates the hospitality industry, and wondering what Los Angeles will look like when we get to the other side (whatever that ultimately means).

This list is just a slice of the restaurants that have closed, and we will be continuing to add to this page often. Know of a closure in your neighborhood? Let us know here.

Restaurants Closed Amid the Pandemic

Downtown L.A.

Preux & Proper

After five years, Josh Kopel’s Southern-style eatery in downtown L.A. has called it quits. According to a post on social media, the team already has another project in the works.

Plum Tree Inn
After more than 40 years, Plum Tree Inn has shuttered. Chinatown was among the first of L.A.’s neighborhoods to see a dramatic drop in patronage, and those diners have yet to return.

Bon Temps
Less than a year after opening, Lincoln Carson’s soaring Arts District concept shuttered for good. It was the third restaurant to give it a go in the space in the span of just a few years, none of which were able to make it work for long.

Terroni DTLA
Locals report that the downtown location of the Toronto/L.A. chainlet has shuttered for good, as has the attached Dopolovoro Market from the same team. The Beverly location of the Italian fave remains open.

Patina

Iconic chef Joachim Splichal’s flagship gave downtown white-tablecloth, French-inspired fine dining with elegant tasting menus, vintage wines, and even a water sommelier.

Broken Spanish
Chef Ray Garcia’s popular modern Mexican restaurant has called it quits after five years. It won’t be the last you’ll see of Garcia; he’s launching a new take-away project called MILA.

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Broken Spanish

Photo: Andrea Bricco

Bad Son Tacos
A popular taco joint inside the Little Tokyo Marketplace, Bad Son’s chef, Elvis Prado, once told the Los Angeles Times that he wanted to make food that reminded guests of “grandma’s cooking.”

Bäco Mercat
Credited with ushering in a new era in DTLA dining, Bäco Mercat, the Spanish-fusion by chef Josef Centeno, has permanently closed. Centeno’s restaurants Bar Ama and Orsa & Winston are still open.

Preux & Proper
New Orleans-inspired Preux & Proper ended its five-year run as a bustling downtown spot on August 31. Owners had hoped to be able to pivot to catering or other projects and eventually reopen, but ultimately made the call to permanently close.

Beverly Grove

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The Cronut creator has shuttered both his eponymous bakery at the Grove and the upstairs 189 restaurant.

Bibo Ergo Sum
An elegant cocktail bar known for elaborate drinks served in a theatrical setting, Bibo Ergo Sum was owned by ArcLight Cinemas heir Tait Forman.

Swingers
Throughout its 27-year run, Swingers was the perfect place for post-bar trips and late-night hang sessions. So long, Swingers. We’ll miss you. Following initial publication of this article in spring, and in spite of statements from ownership that the shutter would be permanent, Swingers has returned! The diner began serving again in November 2020.

Mixtape
Jeremy Fall’s Mixtape was not long for this world. The restaurant, which boasted an A-List roster of music industry-linked investors, had opened less than three months before COVID-19 began to spread in L.A., and never had time to find its footing and audience.

Somni & the Bazaar
Both of the José Andrés-connected concepts inside the SLS Hotel will close. The company that owns the hotel is suing Andrés’s ThinkFoodGroup, alleging TFG failed to abide by the owner’s “cost-cutting measures”; TFG calls the suit “baseless” and says the company’s actions are what torpedoed intentions to reopen after the initial shutdown.

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Vienetta with almond ice cream and chocolate coquant at Somni

Photo: Misha Gravenor

Beverly Hills

Villa Blanca
Lisa Vanderpump’s first restaurant, Villa Blanca lacked the reality show caché of her other concepts.

Roxbury Cafe
Readers report that this small neighborhood spot was popular with doctors and nurses from nearby health facilities until it closed several months ago.

East Hollywood

Wah’s Golden Hen

After 50 years spent slinging Chinese takeout in Virgil Village, Wah’s Golden Hen closed on December 30. Owner Lena Louie said on Yelp, “Though it is bittersweet to say farewell to this labor of love, we look forward to our next chapter: enjoying a quiet retirement. We will spend our time gardening and cooking at home with our family.”

Cuties

Cuties, the popular LGBTQIA+ coffeeshop in East Hollywood has closed, citing a lack of revenue. In an Instagram post, co-founder Virginia Bauman said “continuing to accumulate debt in an environment that shows little promise of operational safety in the near future is unwise…. moving forward, all of our efforts will be online.”

West Hollywood

Aburiya Raku

Mitsuo Endo’s deeply Japanese izakaya in West Hollywood dazzled with its charcoal-grilled skewers of meat and vegetables. The sake list and the chalkboard specials with top-tier seafood made every meal feel even more special.

Hollywood

101 Coffee Shop 

This beloved diner (and famous ’90s filming location) shuttered for good over New Year’s weekend, after being closed since March. There’s an active GoFundMe campaign to help out displaced employees.

Auburn
One of the city’s most creative fine-dining restaurants closed down after just a year in operation. Chef-owner Eric Bost announced the news in April, stating that “it was just too much risk to continue to try to finance.”

The Pikey
This British-inspired pub established itself as one of the favorites during its nearly eight-year stint in Hollywood. Memories of the live performances and raucous late nights will remain.

Trois Mec
The tiny project that made Ludo Lefebvre a big star has shut its doors, but the chef’s other properties are operating.

Silver Lake

Cliff’s Edge

Beloved Sunset Boulevard patio brunch spot Cliff’s Edge shuttered for good in October 2020, after 16 years in business. “We hope our paths will cross again in another place in another time,” an Instagram announcement read.

Donut Farm
Vegan doughnut fans have one less option with the closure of this spot. The brand’s original Bay Area locations remain active.

Caffe Vita
This Seattle chain announced the closure of its sole L.A. location on August 28. The owners attributed the shutter to a “shocking and unexpected increase” that began in 2019 but, when COVID hit, became impossible for the cafe to sustain.

Mh Zh
One of L.A.’s true gem restaurants, this mostly sidewalk-seating Mediterranean-inspired neighborhood spot has been sorely missed since closing in April.

Vive la Tarte
San Francisco-based Vive la Tarte expanded to this Sunset Boulevard storefront in 2019, but failed to really develop a foothold in the cafe-saturated stretch. Shortly after pandemic hit, the doors closed. The brand’s Noe Valley shop in S.F. remains.

Ma’am Sir
Charles Olalia announced the closure of his beloved Filipino spot on Instagram, writing “It was a pleasure to have welcomed you once upon a time. There will come a time when I can welcome you again.” Olalia, a veteran of the French Laundry and Patina, opened the restaurant to acclaim in 2018.

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Lumpia with sea urchin at Ma’am Sir

Courtesy Ma'am Sir

Los Feliz

Vinoteca and Tropicalia
Two of the three concepts in this Los Feliz cluster said goodbye in late August. “The uncertainty of this year has led us to the difficult decision to stop operations,” owners wrote in a statement. The third branch of the business, Italian standby Trattoria Farfalla, remains open for takeout.

Echo Park

Elf Cafe

Last December, the Echo Park Ownership is still hoping a successful crowdfunding campaign can help them stick it out: “It is our greatest desire to see the spirit of Elf live on. We would like to hang on to our little home on Sunset Boulevard so that it may yet be a place of community and family. Even in the best of times, Elf just managed to support itself and during difficult times, it has often been a struggle.”

Koreatown

Beverly Soon Tofu
Monica Lee’s Koreatown staple, open since 1988 in its current Olympic Boulevard location, is shuttering. “It was a really hard decision,” Lee’s daughter JJ Lee told Eater L.A. “My mom was giving 110 percent to this restaurant. The pandemic just called her to action and we just had to make this decision.”

Dong Il Jang
A staple for more than 40 years, owners feared their make-at-your-table KBBQ concept might be unsustainable, even as restaurants inch toward reopening.

Jun Won
Considered one of L.A.’s best Korean restaurants, Jun Won was simply not able to weather the pandemic downturn. Even offering takeout, losses were piling up, and at 74-years-old, chef-founder Jung Ye Jun decided the risks of continuing had become too great.

Here’s Looking at You
The closure is, technically, “temporary,” but HLAY owners have made clear it’s unlikely they’ll ever bounce back. For now, they’re focused on their still-open project, All Day Baby.

Heres Looking at You

Photo: Dylan + Jeni

Long Beach

Federal Bar – Long Beach
Federal Bar’s owners have found themselves stuck between a rock (operating a bar and live music venue) and a hard place (another business owning a record label and promoting concerts and fests), getting doubly hit by the downturn. North Hollywood’s Federal Bar is still open.

Pasadena

Lincoln Pasadena
One of L.A.’s best bakery-cafes, Lincoln was famed for its exceptional pastries and cakes. After six years, chef-owner Christine Moore made the difficult decision to call it quits.

Du-par’s Pasadena
Owner Frances Tario has been open about how hard the downturn hit Du-pars, describing days with total sales of $4.95. For now, the Original Farmers Market location remains open, keeping an 82-year tradition alive.

Cafe 86
Cafe 86 has shuttered its Old Town Pasadena location, sending fans of Filipino-inspired treats to other outposts around the region.

Playa del Rey

The Tripel
Top Chef star Brooke Williamson’s westside gastropub was a popular neighborhood hangout with destination-worthy burgers.

San Fernando Valley

The Bistro Garden
The pandemic put an end to the 30-year run of The Bistro Garden, a popular spot that popped up in many film and TV productions over the years.

Four ‘N’ 20
Both locations of this retro diner–particularly famous for its pies–have shuttered, after a run of over four decades.

Krimsey’s Cajun Kitchen
Krimsey Ramsey’s vegan Cajun spot, which closed in June, may return in the future; until then, fans can whip up dishes at home thanks to an online cookbook.

The Bellwether

This beloved Studio City spot was the neighborhood restaurant that every neighborhood deserves. Ted Hopson’s menu was packed with shareable and absolutely craveable all-over-the map plates: crudos, pastas, pozole verde, avocado hummus, Vietnamese-style ribs, and what might have been the city’s best fries.

San Gabriel Valley

Din Tai Fung – Arcadia
The global dumpling chain’s first location in the U.S was this one, opened 20 years ago in Arcadia. Though the SGV outpost is shuttered, all other locations remain open for now.

Torrance 

Alpine Village Restaurant & Bar
After 51 years, the Oktoberfest favorite has poured its final stein. Sources say the business was struggling before pandemic hit and unable to survive the shutdown. Other parts of the Alpine Village complex, including a Bavarian market and bakery, are open.

Venice

Sunny Spot
Brunch favorite Sunny Spot was beloved for its, well, sunny patio, and cheerful dishes. The space shuttered early on during the pandemic, and has since been replaced by a new business, Nueva.

Yours Truly
Vartan Abgaryan blended cultures and upended Abbot Kinney expectations with revelatory dishes like avocado hummus, potato cacio e pepe, and Nashville hot shrimp. Venice was lucky to have this kind of verve.

MTN
MTN, which brought $20 ramen to an architecturally arresting spot on Abbot Kinney, has permanently closed. The space is currently operating as a Oaxacan pop-up called Valle.

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Pork ramen at MTN

Photo: Ashley Randall

Culver City

Sunny Spot
Brunch favorite Sunny Spot was beloved for its, well, sunny patio, and cheerful dishes. The space shuttered early on during the pandemic, and has since been replaced by a new business, Nueva.

La Dijonnaise
A charming French cafe and patisserie, La Dijonnaise closed permanently in July after 22 years of flaky, buttery treats.

Glendale

Granville Cafe
While other locations are still in business, the Granville at the Americana has shut its doors for good.

Santa Monica

Dialogue
Dave Beran’s tiny restaurant hidden inside a Santa Monica food hall featured tasting menus that connected to the seasons and were accompanied by stories with very specific reference points. A winter dish known as “caviar and coffee,” for example, was inspired by the flavor and aroma of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee.


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