West Hollywood Italian icon Madeo may be closing this Saturday, but a relocation effort is already underway over in Beverly Hills. Now comes word that the restaurant may in fact be returning to its original location sometime down the line, once the dust has settled on a new build-out there.
First, some backstory. Madeo is a decades-old Italian restaurant legend, the kind of place where celebrities for years — yes, even Drake — have flocked to mostly get away from it all, and occasionally be snapped by waiting photographers outside. Earlier this week, however, the restaurant announced on Instagram that they were closing outright (“Madeo closes” was the phrase used), offering no timeline or further information. It was only in a call to the restaurant directly that Eater learned of the move to a new space in Beverly Hills.
So here’s how it’s all shaking out for now. Madeo is set to move to the former Prego space in Beverly Hills, and could reopen in a matter of weeks. In the meantime, the restaurant’s current home (8897 Beverly) will close following service on Saturday night, with developers starting construction in the spring to completely overhaul the property. That should take a couple of years, but the hope is that Madeo will ultimately be able to move back into its existing address once everything has been cleaned up and finished on the ground floor. Madeo owner Gianni Vietina tells Eater that he hopes to have keys back by the very end of 2019, though with a date so far out it’s impossible to say.
In the meantime everyone has until Saturday night to get to Madeo in its current form, before the place jumps ship to Beverly Hills for at least the next year or more. As for a reopening at the current address in West Hollywood? Don’t expect anything until the year 2020, at best.