Sunset Strip dining stalwart Bar Marmont is down for the count, having closed its doors and laid off staff at the end of March. An email in to management confirms the last night of service has come and gone, though the space will be reopening down the line with a new food and drink focus.
Per a tipster, the loose plan is to keep Bar Marmont closed for something like half a year as the room, the food, and the particulars get sorted out. The Marmont team has declined to address what exactly that revamp will look like, but it’s likely to be a significant one. Longtime Sprout Restaurant Group manager Christian Philippo (Republique, Otium) has been installed to oversee F&B for the bar as well as the Chateau, so it’s not far-fetched to assume a more chef-driven, fresh concept to come down the pike eventually.
The move to shutter Bar Marmont comes at an important time for the greater Sunset Strip, as the place with a perceived hard-rocking edge moves into new dining territory — sometimes for the better, sometimes not. Chef Michael Voltaggio quickly shuttered his casual shop Sack Sandwiches after a truncated run up the street, while the forthcoming Farmspoke restaurant will offer more adult dining and views under the purview of Chris Crary. Other casual names like Daikokuya and Pono Burger have also found success along the stretch, with a Wahlburgers still in the works as well.