Former Los Angeles mayor and restaurant owner Richard Riordan died Wednesday. Riordan served as mayor from 1993 to 2001 and owned multiple eateries throughout the Southland throughout the decades. He was 92.
Riordan was best known as the non-politician/wealthy venture capitalist who oversaw LA after the 1992 Uprising and the Northridge earthquake, and who accepted $1 a year as pay for the job. But he also owned a handful of longstanding SoCal restaurants: Riordan purchased DTLA’s the Original Pantry in 1981, along with Gladstones and the now-shuttered Village Pantry in Pacific Palisades.
Riordan is survived by his wife; three children, Mary Elizabeth Riordan, Kathleen Ann Riordan, and Patricia Riordan Torrey; three grandchildren, Luca, Jessica, and Elizabeth; and a sister, Mary Elizabeth Riordan Hearty, reports the Los Angeles Times.
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