Sad news for fans of Westwood's first microbrewery. An iconic rite-of-passage for UCLA students, Westwood Brewing Company is closing this summer after nearly twenty years in business. In its place comes the western most branch of The Boiling Crab, the popular Asian-Cajun seafood restaurant which purchased the bar and its licenses for $450,000.
The dingy spot had been in a slow decline over the past few years, though fans of the place say the real downfall started when new ownership stopped brewing its own beer some time in the mid 2000s. Students claimed that while the bar was still popular, it hadn't been well-maintained over the past few years, with a 25% overall drop in revenues since its height in 2008.
Current management posted a note on its Facebook page late yesterday: "As some of you may already know, Westwood Brewing Company has decided to call last call for the last time in a couple of months." The timing is uncertain as to when The Boiling Crab will take over, but it should be by the end of summer. Those weeping at Brew Co's closure can soon drown their sorrows in the massive bags of The Boiling Crab's spicy crawfish, shrimp, and potatoes.
·The Westwood Brewing Company will close down after almost 20 years in the Village [Daily Bruin]