Celebrity Dining:

February

—Downtown’s Mikkeller craft beer bar and restaurant quietly closed last weekend.

—Local Japanese food chain Curry House closed all nine Southern California locations this week.

Grub’s chef/owners Denise DeCarlo and second season Top Chef contestant Betty Fraser will close their 19-year-old Hollywood bungalow restaurant on March 1, and instead focus on their comfort food catering business.

—Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne bakery and takeaway space The Larder space will close at the chef’s Brentwood property and become renovated into a private dining space.

—On February 5, the East Hollywood’s gorgeous Brooklyn cafe export Five Leaves cafe closed after less than a year.

Gratitude Kitchen & Bar in Beverly Hills served its final vegan meal last week.

—The Coral Tree Cafe closed in Beverly Hills, but still maintains outposts in Brentwood and Encino.

Mercado Taqueria ended a two-year run in Studio City.

January

—Brooklyn-based Ample Hills Creamery closed its flagship Los Feliz scoop shop after 15 months of business.

—Downtown’s casual sports bar Brack Shop Tavern closed.

—Robert Bell and Michael Franks, who opened Chez Melange on Catalina Avenue in Redondo Beach, closed after 37 years.

—Malibu’s Mr Chow closed on January 2. The restaurant first opened in 2012 at Malibu Country Mart.

—Chef Fabio Viviani closed his Moorpark restaurant Cafe Firenze last month after 11 years.

December

—Highland Park’s Maximiliano closed on December 31, a year shy of a decade. Chef Andre Guerrero is off to semi-retirement.

—Doma Kitchen settled into Marina del Rey in 2017 after shuffling locations throughout the South Bay. It’s now permanently closed.

—Echo Park’s Pollen closed over the Christmas holidays.

—LA’s popular Baroo Canteen closed in late-December. Owners Kwang Uh and Mina Park resurrected the East Hollywood Union Swapmeet location in March 2019.

—Chef Roy Choi shuttered his nine-year-old Westside staple A-Frame.

Ago, the 21-year-old celebrity haunt near the corner of La Cienega and Melrose closed in mid-December. Ownership lost the lease, but the landlord plans to revamp the interior and introduce its own unnamed Italian restaurant in summer 2020.

—Chef Adam Sobel’s seafood spot Osteria Cal Mare closed in December, which turned out to be the beginning of Michael Mina’s restaurants full departure from the Beverly Center.

—As one of last year’s biggest stories, Tartine closed its public restaurants and marketplace at the Manufactory inside Downtown’s Row development. The massive project didn’t last a year, which included the losses of Alameda Supper Club and chef Chris Bianco’s Tartine Bianco. Though Bianco plans to open his wood-fired Pizzeria Bianco in the former Tartine Bianco space, while the Alameda Supper Club will reopen as an Italian trattoria sometime in 2020.

Jody Maroni’s Sausage Kingdom, Venice Boardwalk’s 40-year-old stand, closed in early December.

—Sherman Oaks’ Corky’s and adjacent Cork Lounge closed permanently on December 15. The 61-year-old diner and lounge was famous for its old-school menu, Googie architecture, and as a popular filming location.

—In a shocking double closure, Middle Eastern restaurant Jaffa closed both locations in Los Angeles. The Palms location closed the week of December 4, then its West Third Street location only two weeks later.

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