Chef Micah Wexler in the kitchen at Mezze
Chef Micah Wexler in the kitchen at Mezze
Anne Fishbein

Mezze Closing This Weekend

Mezze, the Middle-Eastern influenced New American restaurant on North La Cienega Blvd., will be closing this weekend after service on Saturday night. The restaurant blames the "heavy construction" at the site next door. The restaurant's statement reads:

Due to the overwhelming construction site next to us, Mezze restaurant will close its doors after service this Saturday, October 27th. Heavy construction for a massive residential and retail complex a few feet away from the restaurant began about six months ago. It has progressively worsened month after month. The building will take at least two more years to build. The daily occurrence for the past four to six months of cement trucks and tractors in front of the restaurant, coupled with the completely fenced off sidewalk to the south of Mezze has made it impossible for guests to walk by foot from the south. There is now no crosswalk to arrive at Mezze from that direction. The construction has also made it extremely difficult to see the restaurant, making it nearly invisible.

Due to the legal process that Mezze is in with the site next door we cannot state much more about the specifics.

We truly thank all of our guests, food critics, and local press that have demonstrated great support for Mezze over that past two years. It's unfortunate we were forced to close for these reasons, but we are confident that we will relocate in the near future. While this situation is quite a disappointment for us, considering the great path Mezze was on, we promise there will be more extraordinary experiences to come. We want to also thank our investor for continuing to show his faith and belief in our next step.

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It's sadly a little unsurprising. In my July review of Mezze, I wrote: "The décor is the only part of this restaurant that seems to be trying too hard to fit into its Middle Eastern theme, and this stretch of La Cienega, across the street from Trashy Lingerie and next to an ugly construction zone, is a particularly unfortunate location for a restaurant with glass doors that open all along one side of the room onto the street."

Mezze opened in March 2011. We very much look forward to what comes next from chef Micah Wexler and his partners.

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