Roughly 18 months into its tenure as one of Hollywood’s most reliable dinner destinations, it seems that Butchers & Barbers is set to
close down in favor of a new, as yet unnamed concept. According to sources, t he final night of service at Butchers & Barbers as you may know it will be Saturday.
The about-face comes as a surprise to many, as the restaurant right in the thick of things on Hollywood Boulevard really seemed to have become a destination for the area. LA Weekly critic Besha Rodell rather enjoyed the place when she went a year ago, while LA Mag critic Patric Kuh found much to love in chef Luke Reyes’ "particularly artful" way with animal proteins.
Earlier this month, though, Reyes announced that he was moving on from the Houston Brothers’ first-ever restaurant concept (they’re nightlife guys by trade) in favor of what we now know to be a ramen restaurant by way of Encino. That left Brian Maynard at the helm, and thus involved some shifting plans for the future.
Regardless of whether or not Maynard and the Houston Hospitality team knew all along that they’d be reconnecting once Reyes was out, the shift has come. Want your final fix of Butchers & Barbers to tide you over in the meantime?
You’ve got until Saturday night.
UPDATE: After confirming with the Houston Brothers that Butchers & Barbers would indeed close, the pair have apparently decided instead to reconcept while keeping the restaurant open in Hollywood. Below is an updated statement from them:
Update - Butchers & Barbers will remain open indefinitely. Expect changes over the coming months at Butchers and a new concept that will pair with the upcoming downstairs venue.