The Cat & Fiddle posted more confirmation today on their Facebook page that they will indeed be closing in Hollywood after 32 years. The British pub had a long list of celebrity clientele, as well as a solid local following, but confirmed this morning that their last day of business on Sunset Blvd will be on December 15. The management also posted a rant about the changing local environment and overall gentrification in Hollywood:
THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT, AFTER 32 YEARS, THE CAT WILL BE CLOSING DECEMBER 15th, LOOKING FOR NEW LOCATION. The landlord is pushing us out for some chain with probably 0 personality. So sad to leave this special location we have loved and grown with all our neighbors, staff and friends. A special THANK YOU to our staff, who are on board and helping us with this transition - true family members we love dearly. We will get through this like we always do.
HOLLYWOOD, we are worried for your fate, overdeveloped & overpriced. Out of town landlords who are worried about their pockets and not their souls. It's a sad place to be.
Come and visit and let's send off this ship in style.
The post blames Atlanta-based Branch Properties as the "out of town" landlords who refused to negotiate a new contract and simply paved the way for a chain to move into the historic digs. Management also sends an impassioned plea for Hollywood to stop overdeveloping and pricing out longtime businesses. Mayor Eric Garcetti has actually been instrumental in growing business in the area, encouraging a slew of new development in an already bustling commercial district.
Despite the impending closure, The Cat & Fiddle asks customers to come back and "send off" the place in style. Go, drink, smoke, hang out, and soak that gorgeous patio in one last time.