Longtime restaurateur Will Karges has died at the age of 53. Known most recently as one of two founders of The Six, a casual beer and burger spot with locations in West LA and the Valley, Karges also had a hand in restaurants as diverse as the now-shuttered Blueberry in Santa Monica, and the iconic Jones in West Hollywood.
Back in 1998, the Los Angeles Times profiled Karges as a sort of restaurateur to watch, touching on his background growing up in Malibu and his introduction into the industry by way of his father, who was an early West Coast franchisee of the Johnnie’s New York Pizzeria. From there Karges branched out, growing his mini-empire to include places like Rix, the Santa Monica-based supper club that enjoyed a popular run for years.
Jake King, who co-owned The Six with Karges, had the below to say about his longtime business partner:
Will was a true foodie but what made him truly special was his persona, everyone loved his presence & his passion. He taught me you can make a living doing what you love. He was more than a business partner, he was like a brother and many of us our heartbroken.