Closings: Go Burger Gone, Hollywood Pies, MoreBy Lesley Balla
October 7, 2013
Is the Hollywood Burger Vortex starting to cave in on itself? At the corner of Sunset and Vine, sort of the epicenter for beer and burgers (the Bowery, Stout, Juicy Burger, Umami Burger and a slew of gastropubs and sports bars are within a two block radius), Go Burger shut its grills down today. The ESquared Hospitality group called it quits after a little more than two years, and also closed its BLT Steak outpost in West Hollywood not too long ago. You'll have to find your spiked milkshakes and Angus Beef burgers elsewhere.
Sad news for the Chicago deep-dish pizza set: Hollywood Pies closed abruptly last week. The underground pizza operation grew to cult status for its authentic pies, and a full-on small restaurant was born earlier this year. But now there will be no deep-dish pizza at all. According to a Facebook post, which has now been deleted, family needs and issues were part of the reason. Owner David Miscamarra thanks everyone who "got it," but not everyone did. In May, he and his business partner took their critics to task by calling them out on the restaurant website. "It’s difficult these days for anyone in the restaurant business to please everyone. As we have seen increasing negativity from Yelpers about our management/our offerings/our service, we have decided to address and revise how we are operating," they wrote. "To be honest, we didn’t expect offering a glass with ice as well as real plates to mislead people into thinking they were dining at Scarpetta." [LAW]
Strolling along Ocean Avenue last week we noticed that Bamboo Izakaya already closed its doors, with a sign saying it will soon be 41 Ocean Restaurant. That was a quick change for the Japanese small-plates spot; it only opened in February.