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Twain's is Saved! Sharky's to Incorporate the Googie Structure Rather than Rebuild

The closed Studio City diner spot won't fall victim to the bulldozer.

Twain's Restaurant
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.

Good news, Googie fans! Twain’s won’t be bulldozed after all, though it is still becoming a Sharky’s Mexican Grill.

Based in part on the popularity of the well-known local landmark and its swooping diner lines, Sharky’s is now "pouring over the original plans from 1960" in order to give the place a bit of a renaissance, instead of a demolition. What’s more, there are hints that Sharky’s will even add on a Googie-inspired patio cover.

It’s a smart move for the brand, which has always had a community focus. It’s also a good example of what can happen when a neighborhood rallies around a landmark, and ownership understands the importance of historic design (see also: the ongoing fight for Norm’s on La Cienega).

Twain's Restaurant

12905 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604 (818) 760-9577 Visit Website