Wally’s Wine & Spirits, the Westwood icon that first opened in 1968, will close its original Westwood Boulevard retail location this summer, confirms a rep. The longstanding retail shop will close its Westwood doors by September 2018. The official website lists the outlet as already being closed. The longtime store, which has an adjacent cheese and sandwich shop, was one of the best places to score vintage and hard-to-find wine and spirits in Los Angeles.
That isn’t to say that business isn’t strong for the celebrity-friendly wine shop. Its mixed retail and restaurant concept in Beverly Hills recently was on the receiving end on some Twitter love from newly-minted Laker LeBron James.
Despite the Westwood closure, Wally’s is focusing on its upcoming Santa Monica location, which will also blend the retail and restaurant model that’s worked in Beverly Hills. While details are still sparse at this point, Wally’s Beverly Hills chef David Feau will also oversee the menu in Santa Monica. It’s projected to open by this summer, pending any construction delays.
It isn’t all bad news for fans of the original wine shop: The store is hosting a pretty significant closing sale, presumably to help lighten inventory.
Wally’s Santa Monica. 214 Wilshire Boulevard. Santa Monica, CA.