After a decade on the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Carson Road, Porterhouse Bistro closed on Monday, February 28th. “We're just calling everyone about it now,” said a hostess two days after the closure. The lease was up and the rental value increased, said owner Bobby Burton, who is also the merchant ambassador for Groupon.

A popular meeting spot for law groups and private parties, Porterhouse Bistro made a name for itself as a neighborhood restaurant selling large, juicy porterhouses in an intimate dining setting. “The brand is always there. We may bring it back in the future,” said Burton.

The owner will remain with Groupon as well as help revamp the French Quarter Marketplace in West Hollywood, as a consulting partner. “We will renovate it and bring it up to par,” he said of the 37-year-old restaurant on Santa Monica Boulevard. “It's almost a blessing in disguise,” Burton said of the closure, noting his busy schedule traveling across the country to lead panel discussions for Groupon.

I guess we'll be heading to Mastro's

Porterhouse Bistro: 8635 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills; (310) 659-1099.

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