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A Quiet Closure for Bierbeisl Downtown, With Plans for a Westside Revival

Chef Bernhard Mairinger still has big Austrian plans

Bierbeisl Imbiss in Downtown Los Angeles
Bierbeisl Imbiss, Downtown
Wonho Frank Lee
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.

There’s a bit of sad finality to the back-and-forth of Downtown’s Bierbeisl Imbiss, as it seems the Austrian sausage and baked goods shop is officially done at the Spring Street Arcade.

Owner Bernhard Mairinger only closed the shop officially last week, posting the below note to the restaurant’s website:

Dear Customers and BierBeisl Friends,

We would like to thank you sincerely for all your support and numerous visits – unfortunately we had to give up our Downtown location and bakery production for the time being.

I would like to thank all my staff, vendors, design team and all other parties involved in this project. To our dear loyal customers, thank you that have made the effort to see us at this not always easy accessible location. I am looking forward to my return to DTLA in the near future. For the time being I will focus on opening my full service fine dining restaurant on the west side along with further establishing my catering operations.

The closure brings to an end one of the sadder restaurant sagas of late, as Mairinger sought to transition his ultra-popular Beverly Hills location into something more approachable and all day long in Downtown. Unfortunately the Spring Street Arcade, still struggling to fully activate thanks to long-delayed construction projects, low foot traffic, and worse signage, proved to be a tough market to sell those pretzels, sausages, and dinner dishes.

Back in April, Mairinger announced plans to close the place effective almost immediately, but an outpouring of positivity convinced him to keep it up at the location near Guisados. That now seems to have come and gone, though there is some promising news in hearing that Mairinger still hopes to bring a full-service restaurant to the Westside sometime soon.