Beverly Hills is having a hard time holding onto restaurants, it seems, judging from the recent losses of Hakkasan, Scratch Bar, and others. Now comes a whole new closure, this time in the form of L’Amande French Bakery on Santa Monica Boulevard.
The Parisian lunch and pastry shop opened in early 2013 in Beverly Hills after experiencing success at their first location on PCH in Torrance. However, earlier this year the shop was the focus of a pretty serious lawsuit brought on by 11 Filipino workers who felt they were being exploited.
Per the suit, owners Ana and Goncal Moutinho de Almeida allegedly worked employees for less than minimum wage (with no overtime) and routinely kept people on shifts of 17 hours or longer. Furthermore, some of the plaintiffs claim they were forced to work construction jobs at locations having nothing to do with L’Amande, and were made to sleep on floors.
No official word on exactly when L’Amande shuttered, but it’s been within the last few weeks. The bakery’s website has also scraped all mention of the previous location entirely.