Don’t expect any more talk of Norms on La Cienega getting bulldozed in favor of a shopping center; it’s now an official landmark. Back in March, the Cultural Heritage Commission jumped at the chance to vote 5-0 in favor of giving the iconic Googie restaurant protected status, but that really only meant that their recommendation would have to move to the City Council docket for overall approval.
Now, the dirty deed is done, with LA City Council members voting to approve Historic-Cultural status for the longtime eatery. In response, newish Norms CEO Mike Colonna put out a press release thanking the council and offering to work with the landlords, the sometimes tone-deaf Faring Capital, to rehab and protect the space.
It's a good day for restaurant architecture in Los Angeles, even as some of the Southland’s other longtime tenants have been forced to shutter.