It's nearing the lunch hour, you're browsing Yelp and scouring the blogs. You come across a post on the closure of a long-admired restaurant in your community. "Rent increase ... management reorganization ... menu changes," the owner shares. Before the owner can clear out the sauce-stained aprons on the kitchen floor, a "coming soon" sign for a pop-up selling bacon-wrapped chocolate appears on the front door.
Remembering the places that surprised us and stuck around for a while, RIP Sushi Nozawa (closing Feb. 29), Angeli Caffe, Vive la Crêpe in Beverly Hills (which lasted barely a year) and countless other gems around town.
In a thank-you note posted on Angeli's website, owner Evan Kleiman writes, "All the staff and I have been so touched by the outpouring of affection. The Caffe may be closed but we're all still around. Kathy and I are still cooking privately and we are available for catering with Ivana. You can reach us at email@example.com."
Read on for a list of this month's openings and closings:
Baguetier Bakery: 120 Fifth St., Huntington Beach.
Cafe 360: 360 N. Camden Drive, Beverly Hills; (310) 273-0300.
Capriotti's: 9683 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills; (310) 858-1383.
Casa Azul: 10853 Lindbrook Drive, Westwood; (310) 209-0666.
800 Degrees: 10889 Lindbrook Drive, Westwood; (424) 239-5010.
Golden Road Brewing: 5410 W. San Fernando Road, L.A.
Kreation Juicery: 9465 Charleville Blvd., Beverly Hills.
Livello: 9291 Burton Way, Beverly Hills; (310) 278-3344.
Little Bear: 1855 Industrial St., L.A.; (213) 622-8100.
Post & Beam: 3767 Santa Rosalia Drive; (323) 299-5599.
Red Hill: 1325 Echo Park Ave., L.A.
Rocio's Mole de Los Dioses: 8255 Sunland Blvd., Sun Valley; (818) 252-6415.
Sadie: 1638 N. Las Palmas Ave., L.A.; (323) 467-0200.
Tar & Roses: 602 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica.
Wolfslair: 1521 Vine St., L.A.
Angeli Caffe: 7274 Melrose Ave., L.A.
Delicieuse: 2503 Artesia Blvd., Redondo Beach.
La Cachette Bistro: 1733 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica.
Mac & Cheeza: 223 W. Eighth St., L.A.
Nate 'n Al: 2200 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Ste. 150, Thousand Oaks; (805) 494-3354.
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Red Mango: 10942 Weyburn Ave., L.A.; (310) 209-0194.
Trousdale: 9229 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood.
Vodvil: 351 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A.
Vive la Crêpe: 368 Camden Drive, Beverly Hills; (310) 278-8377