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Downtown LA’s Internationally Known Craft Beer Bar Mikkeller Closes After Three Years

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A tall warehouse-like space for a craft beer bar.
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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.

Downtown craft beer bar Mikkeller appears to be all closed up. Multiple tipsters tell Eater that the restaurant and tap room space has closed for business quietly over the weekend after almost exactly three years — their anniversary party was just this past weekend. Eater has reached out to owner Chuck Stilphen, who also owns the San Francisco location, to confirm, but he declined to comment. That said, the restaurant was completely dark last night, the phone has been disconnected, and Yelp reports them as closed.

The loss of Mikkeller is a blow to the South Park neighborhood’s fortunes, and shows a slowing of the craft beer industry in Los Angeles at large. While there are still many more breweries and beer bars around LA than even five or six years ago, Mikkeller was supposed to be the city’s new crown craft jewel, thanks in part to its international reputation and locations. Instead, the sprawling space on Olympic Boulevard seems to have had difficulty finding its footing in the neighborhood, which is still searching for more evening density as new residential and business developments continue to come online nearby.

Update: Eater has obtained a closure email sent to staff. IT reads, in part: “Mikkeller DTLA has lost money every month since it opened three years ago. I’ve exhausted all my money and credit lines covering payroll, rent etc. I’ve been doing everything I can to keep the place open.”

In other news:

— Here’s a fun look at the many old-school liquor store neon signs that populate greater Los Angeles.

Comoncy has opened at new two-story location at 8201 W. Third Street, at the edge of West Hollywood.

— Heads up, Leap Year babies: Bring in proof of date of birth on February 29 to any Norms location in Southern California and receive a free breakfast.

— Santa Monica coffee option Goodboybob is now roasting its own beans, and has launched a subscription service for at-home brewing as well. What’s more, reps for the coffee bar say that owners plan to expand into multiple new locations in the near future.

TimeOut LA has a line on all the best food halls from Los Angeles down through Orange County.

— Santa Monica restaurant Tipsy Chef has opened at 2435 Main Street in the former Brick + Mortar space, and is run by the same owners alongside chef Drew Adams. Expect casual California fare (everything from pizza and pasta to miso cod and corned beef for brunch, spread across 3,500 square feet of restaurant space with a 16-seat bar and hours until midnight or later daily.