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BREAKING: Norm's on La Cienega Is Saved, For Now

The La Cienega Googie restaurant appears to be saved.

Norm's on La Cienega
Norm's on La Cienega
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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.

Despite challenges from the world's bro-iest developer and architect team, it looks today as if the Norm's restaurant on La Cienega will be saved. The Cultural Heritage Commission just voted unanimously (that's 5-0) to approve the so-called Historic-Cultural Monument status for the extremely beloved Googie building, which is iconic to Los Angeles and an exemplar of the mid-century architectural style.

So what does it all mean in the immediate? There will be no demolition of the building, at least not for now — and that despite a previous demolition permit that was issued in January but nullified because the nomination for historic status hadn't yet been heard.

The whole thing now moves onto the City Council docket, where they have 90 days to act on the vote status sent their way by the Commission.

Norm's Restaurant

470 N La Cienega Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90048 (323) 655-0167 Visit Website