The countdown on yet another Abbot Kinney mainstay restaurant begins today. Much like last month’s Casa Linda news, it appears that ownership of Hal’s Bar & Grill have begun informing staff and customers that after 30 years they’ll be vacating their current Abbot Kinney location.
It’s becoming increasingly hard for mom and pop outfits without a big name or lots of financial backing to survive on the high-end boulevard, even one with a history as varied at Hal’s. People have gotten married at Hal’s and returned over the years for anniversaries, or made the place a neighborhood mainstay for a quick bite and jazz music on Sunday nights. In 2012, a Venice native even made a short documentary about the much-beloved space to celebrate their 25 years in the business.
Hal’s says they’ll be shutting down in about a month's time and have plans to stay in the area (ideally still on Abbot Kinney but in a quieter section perhaps). Until then, the future of Hal’s will be in limbo.
Hal's Bar & Grill
1349 Abbot Kinney Blvd.