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Iconic LA Diner Pann's Shortens Hours Amid Rising Minimum Wage

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The restaurant also cites higher vendor costs and a growing operational pricetag

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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.

Changes are coming to Pann’s, the iconic Googie diner situated near LAX in Inglewood. The famous coffee shop has been around since 1958, starring in endless television shows and films since then, but as of August 1 the restaurant will be locking its doors for dinner.

Citing rising food costs, the looming minimum wage storm, and the overall cost of doing business, Pann’s ownership has decided apparently to trim their hours to breakfast and lunch only. That means they’ll still be open daily, but only running from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

tipster says news started spreading this weekend as waitstaff began adding in a full page notice to their menus letting customers know of the incoming change. Reached by phone, staff did indeed confirm the news, though ownership specifically wasn’t available to comment at the time.

It’s a small but important change for Pann’s, as the restaurant continues to find ways to thrive more than 50 years along. Indeed the upcoming minimum wage increases for Los Angeles and surrounding cities will have a serious effect on restaurants all across the Southland, with many restaurateurs already thinking of ways to innovate their businesses in order to keep costs low.

Pann's Restaurant

6710 La Tijera Boulevard, , CA 90045 (323) 776-3770 Visit Website