Simple American eatery The Colony Cafe, which has populated Pico Blvd for years and carries the slogan, "uncomplicated," will be closing its doors forever tomorrow, July 3. It's sad news for staffers and diners who've been used to getting sandwiches, wraps, salads, and burgers without any dose of pretension.
It's also untimely that the place will be closing right before the 4th of July holiday. When Eater asked why they were closing, they simply said that the building and restaurant owner wanted to sell the property and wasn't interested in running the business any longer. LA Confidential wrote a rave review of the place back in 2006: "The menu may be modest, but at Colony Café, you can tell that someone cares."
Owner Lily Tartikoff commented on the restaurant's founding in 2006, also in the pages of LA Confidential: "We wanted a crisp, nautical feel - a comfortable, casual, elegant haven, as if Ralph Lauren opened a café." Anyone with fond memories of carefully made comfort fare can head over to the place today and tomorrow for a final taste.