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Los Feliz’s Three-Year-Old Italian Favorite Abruptly Closes After Landlord Battle

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Plus, Villa Sombrero closing, Lowell Cafe’s cannabis tastings, and a $.98 cent steak

The Sit Down restaurant’s pizza oven
The Sit Down restaurant
The Sit Down

A swift end in Los Feliz

Landlords and restaurant tenants going head-to-head over is a common tale in any city, but it’s still an unfortunate situation when three-year old restaurants close overnight. That’s the case with The Sit Down in Los Feliz, the restaurant closed last week after battling with a landlord that purchased the building a year ago.

In a Facebook post, Sit Down’s owners detailed the struggle which resulted in the recent eviction of most building tenants, how the landlord allegedly used financial intimidation tactics, red-tape, and incurring legal fees during the process.

Planning for this eventuality was the reason behind the Sit Down’s new Melrose location in March. The Los Feliz location lasted three years.

TO ALL OUR BELOVED CUSTOMERS It is with a heavy heart that we are announcing the IMMEDIATE closure of THE SIT DOWN Los...

Posted by The Sit Down on Tuesday, October 22, 2019

In other news:

Pacific Dining Car is celebrating 98 years in Los Angeles, and it’ll mark the occasion with a 98 cent baseball steak. Secure a spot via online reservation at the Downtown location, which is famously open 24 hours a day.

—Highland Park’s beloved Villa Sombrero closed permanently on October 28. The Eastsider visited the restaurant during its final night. For 40 years, the family-owned Mexican restaurant remained a fixture on York near Figueroa.

Food & Wine profiled Andrea Drummer, the chef for Lowell Farms: A Cannabis Cafe. The chef shared the successes and growing pains at the nearly one-month-old restaurant, and how the kitchen staff has weekly cannabis tastings to balance the food pairings.

Modo Hawaii’s mochi donut pop up returned to Mitsuwa Torrance. Modo’s mochi comes straight from the fryer with three different flavors per day. Nab a box between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily except Monday and Tuesday. They’ll continue to serve those sweet, sticky donuts until the end of the year at Mitsuwa Torrance, 21515 Western Ave., Torrance, CA 90501.

Holy Cow wants to help those affected by the Getty Fire and first responders by offering a $10 discount on all group party packs at the Santa Monica and Culver City locations.

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