Preeminent Haitian restaurant TiGeorges’ Chicken is set to close sometime next month, according to sources who have spoken directly with longtime owner George Laguerre. A call to the restaurant confirms the shutter as well, with an undetermined date in April pegged as the final day of service.
The forthcoming shutter of TiGeorges’ will bring an end to perhaps the city’s most influential Haitian restaurant, which has had an extended — if up and down — thirteen year run. Back in February of 2010 the restaurant suffered a devastating electrical fire which led to extensive renovations that cost nearly a year of service, before TiGeorges’ ultimately retuned in December of that year. By 2013, Laguerre was thinking of shutting the restaurant down permanently and focusing instead on his coffee business, but outcry from longtime regulars helped to convince him to stick around.
Now three years later, it seems the run is over. In recent visits the Echo Park-adjacent restaurant on Glendale Boulevard had slowed down considerably, but still maintained a strong connection to the Haitian community in Los Angeles. Reached by phone, Laguerre said the building had been purchased, which initially precipitated the closure, but that he does plan to open another restaurant sometime down the line. He declined to say what that restaurant will look like, or whether or not it will exist in Los Angeles.