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The Sunset Strip's Rainbow Bar & Grill Has a Teeny Little Bug Problem

They've been shut down by the Health Department.

Rainbow Bar & Grill, Sunset Strip
Rainbow Bar & Grill, Sunset Strip
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Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Things are surprisingly dark at the Rainbow Bar & Grill in West Hollywood, as TMZ reports the place has been shut down due to a cockroach infestation.

A simple search of the County of Los Angeles Public Health database confirms the temporary shutter, citing the one major violation — the bugs — along with a slew of less severe ones, from inadequate handwashing facilities to food temperature issues. Signage taped to the locked front doors only indicates a ‘plumbing issue,’ though, and pegs a return date for today.

The Rainbow Bar & Grill is one of the Sunset Strip’s most iconic locations, though it may not seem that way to the average passerby. Once named the Villa Nova, the address for decades has played host to a never-ending stream of early Hollywood A-listers and rock stars, and the hidden stories within its walls have become the stuff of absolute legend.

TMZ also has some sneaky photos of the gutted interior of the restaurant, which was completely tossed in order to deal with the infestation. Hopefully the Rainbow folks can handle the bugs quickly and effectively, returning one of the Sunset Strip’s longest-running tenants to the glory it deserves.

Rainbow Bar & Grill

9015 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069 (310) 278-4232 Visit Website