Sad news today for fans of Neal and Amy Knoll Fraser’s work, as the powerhouse Los Angeles duo confirmed to Eater plans to close their seminal restaurant BLD at the end of the month.
The decision to shutter the ten-year-old restaurant does not come lightly, but with changing demographics, higher costs, and an uncertain future in the restaurant market, the pair made the move to walk away and focus on their Downtown restaurant Redbird and associated event space Vibiana. The closure will also mean the end for ice cream, coffee, and doughnut concept ICDC.
In a statement given to Eater, Amy Knoll Fraser says:
After 10 and a half years of serving up 3 meals a day to our community, BLD, along with ICDC, will close its doors at the end of January 2017. We are so grateful for the patronage of our guests throughout the last decade and will miss this home, our friends and our neighbors on Beverly Blvd.
We are equally as indebted to the passionate, dedicated, hard-working and loyal staff that have worked with us during our time on Beverly Blvd. A lot of talent has come through the BLD doors and moved throughout our amazing culinary scene in LA. Those present now will do the same. We are very proud of the folks who have worked with us and are committed to helping them find the next best place.
Restaurants have a lifespan, and in our city, it’s typically all too short. We have come to the end of ours. We have had a great run. We are lucky to have had such a time as we’ve had. We will move forward to projects, current and future, with all we have learned from this one.
Your last chance to experience the restaurant will come on January 31 (ICDC closes two days before), so make your reservations now. Luckily the place serves three square meals a day, so you’ve got lots of chances to say goodbye between now and then. As for what’s next at the address, there’s rumor of a new tenant moving in but they haven’t confirmed just yet.