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Canelé, One of LA’s Most Beloved Neighborhood Restaurants, to Close

The Atwater Village mainstay will last through March or April

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Canelé in Atwater Village
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.

It’s still quite early into 2017, but there’s a good chance that the upcoming closure of Canelé in Atwater Village will go down as one of the saddest shutters of the year. The absolutely beloved neighborhood gem helped anchor the Eastside ‘hood for a decade, but will move on due to rising rents in the area.

The LA Times first reports on the upcoming closure of the restaurant, saying owner Corina Weibel will be on hand through March or early April to continue putting out simple, seasonal dishes across lunch, brunch, and dinner, but after that Canelé will cease to be.

Instead, two former Gjelina folks in David Wilcox and Guy Tabibian will be taking over, opening up their Journeymen concept by sometime this summer. They’ll actually be popping up Monday nights in the kitchen under the still-operating Canelé banner in the near future, working on a vegetable-focused menu that could feature a fair bit of cooking over fire.

If you’d like to come pay last respects at the feet of Weibel, an Atwater Village mainstay for the past ten years, you’ve still got some time. After late March or early April though, Weibel will be off on her own, traveling through Europe and then on to parts unknown.