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Did the Sunset Strip's Avenue 31 Really Close After Just Three Months?

More questions than answers at the moment.

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Avenue 31, West Hollywood
Avenue 31, West Hollywood
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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.

Wait a second — what’s happening with Avenue 31? The former Le Clafoutis space at the glitzy Sunset Plaza was first shrouded in mystery as out of town money poured in, then opened with a ton of fanfare in August, and now is … closed?

Per a tipster, large signage is up at the front of the building that promises big changes for the space, though it's unclear what those exact changes are. What anyone walking by would notice though: the lack of anyone inside the restaurant at all — it seems that for now the place is absolutely closed up tight.

Multiple calls to the restaurant during what should be both lunch and dinner service return nothing more than an answering machine, and emails sent have similarly yielded no results. What’s more, the place hasn’t updated any of their social media in a few weeks, and this post from Yelp seems to indicate that just yesterday was their last day of service, per the staff.

So what’s really going on with Avenue 31? After pulling in star power like Matthew Biancaniello for some early bar consulting (and a few pop-up stints on site), things ostensibly should be settling into a groove right now for the fledgling eatery. Instead, nobody has any idea what’s going on there right now.

avenue 31

, Los Angeles, CA (310) 360-5983