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The Counter Abruptly Shut Down Its Century City Burger Shop Last Week

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A sudden shutter at Westfield Century City.

The Counter, Century City
The Counter, Century City
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 Century City outpost of The Counter has unceremoniously closed, as of last Thursday.

The longtime build-your-own-burger bar had held onto some prime real estate within the Westfield Century City for going on four years, but now it seems that ongoing construction and overall changes to the growing shopping center have brought that run to an end.

In a statement, reps for the local burger franchise thanked longtime customers and staff for sticking with the brand in Century City, while blaming the closure on the shopping center's redesign, which was either making life inside the restaurant hell, or didn't have plans to include the burger concept in the end.

According to some employees, the shutter was actually rather sudden, leaving servers and back of house staff scrambling to make other employment arrangement (The Counter says they’re trying to reassign their workers to other locations).

Of course, saying there’s ongoing construction at the Westfield Century City is a bit of an understatement. The entire shopping center is going through a major overhaul at the moment, with the incoming arrival of New York City’s Eataly (and its rooftop beer garden) as a particular focal point.