58-year-old West Hollywood institution Ed’s Coffee Shop is closing this summer. Owner Ada Blumstein announced that diner’s last day of service is August 25, according to WEHOville. The unassuming daytime restaurant recently attracted celebrities like Alexander Skarsgard, The Flash’s Eddie Thawne, and Kim Kardashian.
Unlike many LA restaurant closures, this one has nothing to do with a rent hike, but rather has to do with a number of factors. Blumstein watched her client base change from interior design customers and locals to families and folks in the entertainment business. She also cited the rise in coffee chains as another cause, with many choosing lattes over a full breakfast.
lumstein also noticed the neighborhood’s demographics shift since taking over operations in 1997. In a 2015 West Hollywood Magazine article, Blumstein said, “This was strictly a gay neighborhood. Now there are more and more straight people. Sometimes on Saturdays it’s like a pre-school with a dog park.”
Ada’s father Ed Blumstein was a Montreal factory worker before moving to California with his wife, Sybil. Ed Blumstein had no restaurant experience, but bought the small restaurant in 1960 and renamed it Ed’s Coffee Shop. The couple planned to run Ed’s for only five years, but kept at it. Daughter Ada Blumstein started working in the restaurant in her teens, and took over in the late 1990s, along with beloved employees that remained for many decades. Ed Blumstein passed away in 1995.
Ed’s Coffee Shop’s last day should be August 25. Hours are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m., and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Ed’s Coffee Shop. 460 N Robertson Boulevard. West Hollywood, CA