by Matthew Kang
Dining rooms and bars across the Southland have been closed since March 15 due to city-wide orders. Mounting costs and lack of revenue is forcing some restaurant and bar owners to make the difficult decision to permanently close their establishments. This regularly updated feature will highlight notable restaurants and bars that will not reopen once LA’s stay-at-home order is lifted.
Trois Mec: Ludo Lefebvre’s Michelin-starred tasting menu restaurant closed last week because it simply didn’t see a way forward with the current pandemic conditions. At the moment sister restaurants Petit Trois and Petit Trois Le Valley in Sherman Oaks are still open, though their future is also uncertain.
Jun Won: Koreatown’s highly regarded traditional restaurant Jun Won from Jung Ye Jun is closing at the end of July, saying slow business due to the pandemic is the reason for the closure. Jun Won first opened on 8th Street in 1994 before moving to its Western location in 2016.
Here’s Looking at You: Another celebrated Koreatown restaurant, this one serving modern takes on LA flavors from chef Jonathan Whitener and restaurateur Lien Ta, closed after four years of business. Sister restaurant All Day Baby is still open in Silver Lake at the moment.
Villa Blanca: Lisa Vanderpump’s glitzy Beverly Hills restaurant Villa Blanca has closed. It was listed for sale multiple times over the years but the place is now closed until further notice.
Four ‘N Twenty Valley Village: The longtime Valley dinner closed its Sherman Oaks location early in the pandemic, and now its North Hollywood/Valley Village spot has shuttered.
The Wallace: Culver City’s modern restaurant The Wallace has closed after six years.
Haruchan: This relatively new Santa Monica ramen restaurant which opened in 2019 with a wide menu of Japanese dishes closed permanently despite having ample outdoor seating on its patio. The historic building was built in 1909.
Ruth’s Chris Beverly Hills: This upscale chain steakhouse occupied a prime spot along Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills before announcing its permanent closure this month.
Pacific Dining Car Santa Monica: For thirty years Pacific Dining Car’s 24/7 restaurant served night owls on the Westside. The restaurant closed permanently in mid-June, auctioning off all of its furniture and equipment.
Jazz Cat Cafe San Gabriel: One of SGV’s longest running shabu shabu/hot pot restaurants has closed. Its Arcadia and City of Industry locations are still open at the moment.
Lincoln Pasadena: This six-year-old cafe and bakery in Altadena closed after owner Christine Moore said the pandemic was one of the many reasons it was time to call it quits. Moore’s popular Little Flower opens to reopen some time this summer.
Kogi Taqueria: Roy Choi’s popular Korean-Mexican taqueria opened a shop in Palms in 2016. Choi said the lease in Palms at a former sushi shop was up, and that he’s looking for another Westside space to open up in.
Bibo Ergo Sum: One of the city’s most well-regarded cocktail bars, Bibo Ergo Sum, closed on Robertson Boulevard after more than a two-year run.
Four N’ Twenty Sherman Oaks: After more than forty years, the Sherman Oaks location of this popular Valley diner closed due to the pandemic.
Casa Cubana: Gorgeous Downtown Cuban cafe Casa Cubana, which came from grocery store coffee brand Don Francisco’s, closed its shop in late May without a plan to reopen.
Olive Tree Anaheim: Longtime Arabian restaurant Olive Tree in Anaheim closed after 15 years in business. Founder Yusuf Abdo handed the business off to his son Alan made spectaacular lamb feasts and evening buffets during Ramadan.
The Pikey: British-inspired restaurant The Pikey has closed and may potentially turn into something else in the future.
Seafood Palace: This popular neighborhood Cantonese/Chaozhou restaurant closed in March due to the pandemic early effect on SGV.
Cafe 86: This casual cafe and dessert shop closed its Pasadena location after garnering solid reviews from locals.
Din Tai Fung: Din Tai Fung has become a worldwide empire with locations across the U.S. at this point, but its first American outlet opened twenty years ago in Arcadia with a modest space. It closed in early June after twenty years of business, though the soup dumpling restaurant still has a location inside the Westfield Santa Anita mall.
101 Noodle Express Arcadia: Popular SGV chainlet 101 Noodle Express has closed its Arcadia location, with its original Alhambra spot still in operation.
Krimsey’s: This popular Valley vegan restaurant with Cajun flavors has closed, and its Silver Lake expansion will likely not happen either.
Plan Check DTLA: After closing its Fairfax location, budding burger chain Plan Check has closed its Downtown LA location, which means the Sawtelle original is the only will still in operation.
Beachwood BBQ Seal Beach: The original Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach has decided to close after 14 years in business. The brewery and barbecue spot still operates in Long Beach, Garden Grove, and Huntington Beach.
Plum Tree Inn: Chinatown’s classic Szechuan restaurant Plum Tree Inn closed after more than forty years, spawning an empire that stretched to the Westside, as well as Woodland Hills and Las Vegas. The fast-casual Plum Tree Express also opened everywhere from Hollywood and Cerritos to Toronto.
Little Bar: La Brea’s 15-year-old tiny watering hole Little Bar has closed as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and related bar shutdown announcements.