It’s the end of the line for Westbound, the train depot-themed cocktail bar and restaurant inside the sprawling One Santa Fe mixed-use complex in the Arts District. The bar held last call over the weekend, and is now closed up tight.
Westbound was the work of owner Sarah Meade, who looked to craft a decadent throwback bar and snack spot that harkened to the area’s original function as a massive train depot. There were Art Deco touches, stained glass detail work, and rotating menus that centered in and around the classics. The bar was also known for throwing lavish and well-attended holiday parties, particularly around Christmas, though for most of the year it was a mellow destination for a quiet drink and a bite to eat.
In a post to Instagram from late last week, ownership said the closure “was a decision that was not made without considerable thought and contemplation,” and that “what will become of Westbound in the coming months is unknown.” The full post on the two-year-old bar’s closing is below:
Today during our weekly staff meeting we decided to close Westbound. It was a decision that was not made without considerable thought and contemplation. Thank you to everyone who has been a part of Westbound from the architects, designers, and contractors that built the space to the staff that breathed life into Westbound. Thank you to our friends and family members that have encouraged us and often counseled us. Thank you to our vendors and suppliers that supported us since the moment we opened the doors. Thank you to our regulars that made it all worthwhile. It is for our guests that we do this. What will become of Westbound in the coming months is unknown at this point but what we do know that we are open through the weekend. Come by one last time to say goodbye.