Sad news for fans of the local-focused Mud Hen Tavern, which has plans to close come October 11. It’s a tough ending for the nearly three year old restaurant, which survived the previous iteration of that space, the snacky international food concept Street.
Staff has been notified of the shutter as of today, and fans have just under four weeks to enjoy the place themselves before the lights turn off. The loss of Mud Hen Tavern won’t actually affect sister concept Blue Window, which shares prep and cook space with the restaurant but only offers a service window out onto Highland.
Though the loss of the restaurant comes at a tough time for Feniger — she and business partner Mary Sue Milliken are also in the midst of winding down their long-running Santa Monica restaurant Border Grill — the television personality insists that there are better days ahead, both for the space and for her team. Blue Window recently expanded into LAX with a second location, and there are plans across town to modernize and rethink with a few new concepts from Feniger’s crew.
Feniger’s team offers the following statement:
It has been an amazing experience and we are so grateful to all of our loyal Mud Hen customers and team who have been along on this journey with us, first as STREET and then as Mud Hen ... In this ever-changing restaurant world, in order to welcome new growth we must sometimes let go of the beloved and familiar.
Mud Hen Tavern’s last night of service will be October 11. Until then, head in for a hearty dose of the restaurant’s own brand of casual comfort food. After that, you’ll have to satisfy yourself with some modern Mexican seafood from up the street.