— In a failed battle to save a historic building, Kura Fine Japanese Cuisine announced its closure. That property will eventually turn into a Frank Gehry-designed 229 apartment unit and multi-use project, while former Kura chef/owner Daniel Son focuses on other local projects. Kura is also one of LA’s best sushi spots and closes on November 26. That’s tomorrow, so get in there.
— For the second time, Church & State closed in the Arts District. Former owners Esnault and Yassmin Sarmadi sold off their ten-year-old space and moved to Orange County to open Knife Pleat. In June, Bill Chait and partner Taylor Parsons came on and kept the Church & State name before the closure.
— Ricardo Zarate’s Pikoh closed in West LA.
— In a Facebook post, the owners of Los Feliz’ Sit Down’s detailed its struggle with a landlord and untimely eviction. The Melrose location is still open.
— McConnell’s Fine Ice Cream spent three years next door to Go Get Em Tiger in Los Feliz. The space will eventually flip into a hand roll bar called Sogo by Sushi Note’s David Gibbs and his operating partner Sarah Dietz.
— Five-year-old barbecue spot Barrel & Ashes said goodbye to Ventura Boulevard. Barrel & Ashes was chef Timothy Hollingsworth’s first landing spot before departing to Otium, where the Studio City restaurant became part of the modern barbecue wave in Los Angeles.
— Brooke Williamson closed her Mar Vista shop Small Batch Ice Cream.
— Longtime Eagle Rock restaurant Capri closed. The decades-old Italian restaurant garnered a bit of local fame a few years back after appearing on an episode of Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares.
— Rascal on La Brea Avenue just south of Wilshire closed after eight years on the block.
—Echo Park’s all-day restaurant Winsome shut down, but the Playa del Rey location is still in the works.
— Little Tokyo’s Baldoria closed after a three year run.
— Baldwin Hills’ popular eatery Mexicano closed up shop in Crenshaw. It was a quiet departure, but chefs/owners Jaime Martin del Campo and Ramiro Arvizu switched gears to focus on a new Mexican wine bar right next to their well-established Bell restaurant La Casita Mexicano.
— West Hollywood’s 36-year-old Cafe D’Etoile closed. The owners cited rising food, drink, and labor costs as the reason for its shutter.
— Ten years is a good run for any restaurant, and Momed Beverly Hills closed its Beverly Hills location. Atwater Village is still going strong.
— Westwood’s Fundamental LA ended its nearly nine-year run.
— Cake Monkey closed its Westlake Village location and chose to refocus on the original Beverly Boulevard bakery.
— 50-year-old Francelli’s is no longer in business. The Long Beach shutter is part of an unfortunate trend in Long Beach, where longstanding Italian restaurants are closing, including Papalucci’s and Russo’s.
— Fairfax’s Fat Dog will close on December 23. Owners Susann and Richard Mandeville will only keep only happy hour through dinner hours (starting at 4 p.m.), meaning no more lunch or brunch. The North Hollywood location remains open.