When we reported that Tom Bergin’s, one of L.A.’s oldest dining and drinking institutions, would be closing earlier this year, tens of thousands of readers expressed their regrets. The silver lining to the shutter was that owners Brandon Boudet and Warner Ebbink (Dominick’s, Little Dom’s) were willing to sell the place as-is. Regular customer Derek Schreck, an actor and beer lover, bought the place soon after, as we relate in our December issue (on newsstands now!). “It was a no-brainer. I heard that they were closing, found out they were selling, and knew I had to have it. I made some calls and signed the paperwork in October,” says Schreck.
Originally, Schreck was to reopen Bergin’s on Saturday, November 30—right after Thanksgiving. Turns out, the L.A. department of health and safety isn’t on board with that plan. Writes Schreck:
“To all our friends, Sadly the Nov. 30 reopening of Tom Bergin’s must be postponed due to delays from the dept of health & safety. We are working expediently with them to satisfy recent requirements made within the LA city code, and hope to be open as soon as humanly possible. Please check our website and Facebook page – both very soon to launch – for updates as to when we may open our doors to you. We greatly look forward to welcoming you back to your local. From all of us in the Bergin’s clan, we appreciate your patience and understanding, and wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.”
Still, when Bergin’s does re-open, probably sometime in December, it will be a festive occasion indeed. In addition to the return of long-time bartender Michael O’Dwyer, the new Tom Bergin’s features a spacious private dining room and cocktail bar, located in the eaves of the building. It’s a room that hasn’t been refinished or used in decades. And one, says Schreck, that’s “perfect for the holidays.”
Breaking: Tom Bergin’s to Close This Sunday [LAMag.com]