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Hal's Bar & Grill on Abbot Kinney Will Shutter After 30 Years

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The well-known local spot hopes to return in a new space.

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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.

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.
Venice, CA