Fans across Los Angeles have been mourning the official demise of longtime diner staple Swingers this month. The Beverly Boulevard restaurant first opened in 1993 as a bright retro option for late-night, post-bar bites and college-age hangouts, and grew up into a 27-year restaurant legend alongside its many longtime regulars. The final day of service was last week, though rumors of Swingers closure had been swirling on social media both before April 1 and for days after.
Ownership confirmed the closure of Swingers today, saying the restaurant had enjoyed a tremendous run, but would not be reopening even after the coronavirus pandemic. Another location of Swingers, out in Santa Monica, closed back in August.
The Sean MacPherson-led company, Committed, Inc., also confirmed the closure of another one of its properties, the casual British pub the Pikey, which opened in 2012. A rep for the company says that the plan is to reformat the Pikey space into a new restaurant at some point in the future.
Fans on Instagram have been posting their goodbye photos to Swingers and the Pikey in recent days, while over on Facebook ownership directed onetime diners to a fundraising page for staff. So far that page has collected just under $50,000. The Pikey has also created a GoFundMe page for its own employees.