2019 was a big, happy year for restaurant openings in Los Angeles, and an equally sad year for restaurant closures. Places from all corners of the county and beyond closed up shop, sometimes after decades in business, while others like Tartine at the Row made big entrances and abrupt exits all in less than twelve months.
Three more well-known restaurants quietly closed their doors this week, ending 2019 with a farewell note instead of a goodbye. Let’s see who said goodbye.
Highland Park’s nine-year-old Maximiliano is now closed. Chef Andre Guerrero announced the shutter on social media just before the final night of service on December 31, saying: “I’ve decided to semi-retire. I used to joke that my idea of retiring was working a 40 hour work week and having 2 days off. I will be spending time at The Oinkster and hope to see all of you there.”
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So sad to announce that after nine years we are closing. After a 40 year career in Los Angeles, I’ve decided to semi-retire. I used to joke that my idea of retiring was working a 40 hour work week and having 2 days off. I will be spending time at The Oinkster and hope to see all of you there. It has been an honor serving so many great people in this community. Especially the many friends we have made during our time here. December 31 will be our last night of service. From the bottom of my heart, I sincerely thank everyone who supported us. Jan and I will be turning out the lights shortly. #eaterla #overunder #foodgps
Two-year-old Pollen in Echo Park has also thrown in the towel. Ownership tells Eater that the economics of running the Echo Park restaurant, formerly Fix Coffee, were simply not sustainable. A note on the front of the restaurant reads: “It is with regret that we must inform you that we will not be re-opening after the holidays. We thank you for your support and friendship and wish you all the best for the new year!”
Eastern European-leaning cafe Doma Kitchen moved to a sunny strip mall space in Marina del Rey back in 2017 after years bouncing around the South Bay, but slowing sales and rising costs have since led ownership to close the restaurant. A tipster first notified Eater that Doma had closed, and ownership confirmed the shutter, adding: “Time to move forward with a heavy heart.”