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Koreatown's Long Gone Bobby London Comes Back to Life

New plans for the once-chic 60's era bar

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.

Looks like there’s some new life at Bobby London, the Koreatown cocktail bar that fell by the wayside a while back. One Nattha Areeboonsap is named in some change of ownership paperwork for the defunct space at the corner of Beverly and Western, under the LLC of Mild Roar Partners — though just what she's got planned remains to be seen.

The LLC is sort of a play on the proposed name for the upcoming restaurant/ bar there, which is titled (as of now) Paper Tiger. Areeboonsap already owns and operates Esaanthai on 5th Street Downtown, so it will be interesting to see what her and partner Mark Debuck have planned. This Type 47 ABC license certainly indicates a restaurant with full booze, though it’s likely the finer details are still coming together.

It’s a sad end for the Bobby London space in Koreatown, which ultimately couldn’t hold on through a 2014 revitalization effort at the hands of Josh Richman and Alex Kagianaris of Stout burger fame. Still, with Koreatown in the grip of an explosion of popularity, it’s nice to see something heading into that prime space.

Paper Tiger
4574 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA