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25-Year La Cienega French Haunt Le Petit Bistro Has Closed

A long run for a once-storied name

Le Petit Bistro
Le Petit Bistro
Farley Elliott
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.

Francophiles eager for a meal will have to look elsewhere these days, as longstanding La Cienega restaurant Le Petit Bistro has closed for good.

This location of Le Petit Bistro first opened in 1993 along La Cienega, quickly becoming a neighborhood staple for casual bistro staples like escargot and roasted chicken. At its height, owners Georges and Ronaire Lachkar operated three different Le Petit Bistros around Los Angeles. Together they’ve been operating restaurants since 1971.

In a note to diners and fans last week, the Lachkars said of the shutter:

It is with a heavy, but very grateful heart that we announce to you today that after 25 wonderful years of being in business, Le Petit Bistro has closed it’s doors. We cannot express to all of you, our loyal friends, family, and patrons how very much your support has meant to us, nor can we ever express to you how much we will miss seeing your faces night after night enjoying our food and wine, and the family feel that we are so proud to know that Le Petit Bistro was.

The full statement can be found here.

With regards to what’s next, it looks like ownership has transferred to several folks, most notable among them Joel Herzer, a former co-owner of Joe’s in Venice (now Evan Funke’s Felix), as well as Wang’s in both San Diego and Palm Springs. He’s joined by Tom Eads who used to run The Taste Group (Taste on Melrose, Tortilla Republic, etc.), and according to some ABC paperwork the new restaurant is to be called Tom’s Place.

Update: Owner Joel Herzer writes in to say that Eads will not be a part of this project.

Le Petit Bistro. 631 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood CA.