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This Car Accident Is Just the Latest Setback for WeHo's Loreley

The hyped up beer garden space may literally never open.

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.

More bad news for Loreley on La Brea, as shown in the photo above. Apparently a traffic accident just an hour or so ago put a car through at least a portion of their property, and police are still working to tidy everything up. Luckily, there are no injuries.

It’s the latest setback for the hopeful New York City transplant concept, which has been teasing a beer garden-type restaurant at the corner of La Brea and Lexington since at least 2012. Construction and permitting issues caused several delays, but since then the place has fallen into a kind of deep slumber, despite ongoing work for more than a year. Just today, a tipster wrote in to say that the restaurant may in fact not be happening at all anymore — a decision made before this latest accident, of course. Mostly it was a permitting thing, though their ABC license is still intact and active.

Then again, plenty of recent examples show that it’s possible to bounce back from a car crashing through your front door. Mozza didn’t take long to return, and Highland Cafe in Highland Park is still going strong despite losing some sidewalk frontage. So if Loreley really is dead on arrival, it won’t be because someone took out a section of their fence.

Got more on what is — or isn’t — happening to Loreley? Hit the tip line or the comments section below. For what it’s worth, Eater has reached out to the company for details on their plans, but so far no one's talking.

1201 North La Brea
West Hollywood, CA 90038