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It's last call for the King Eddy Saloon in Downtown LA

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The King Eddy in Downtown Los Angeles. The Saloon will go under renovations after the summer of this year.

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The King Eddy has been sold to new ownership and will be closed for renovations in the coming months.

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Irene Rivera has been working on and off at the King Eddy Saloon in Downtown Los Angeles for 18 years.

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A Customer sits at the end of the bar at the King Eddy Saloon in Downtown Los Angeles. The bar will temporarily close down for renovations after the summer this year.

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A customer watches televison as he drinks his beer in King Eddy Saloon.

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Rick Martinez drinks a sip from his beer at the King Eddy Saloon in Downtown Los Angeles.

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Dustin Croick, the previous owner of the King Eddy Saloon.

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(Left to right) Previous King Eddy owner Dustin Croick enjoys a laugh with the new owners, Jonny Valenti and Michael Leko at the Downtown Los Angeles saloon.

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Three generations of Croick men: King Eddy owner Dustin Croick stands with pictures of his father and grandfather.

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A mural in the basement of the King Eddy Saloon in Downtown Los Angeles. The basement was the location of a Speakeasy during the prohibition.

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The basement of the King Eddy Saloon. The basement was the location of a Speakeasy during the prohibition.

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A photo of Babe Ruth hangs on the wall of the King Eddy Saloon.


The King Eddy Saloon in Downtown L.A. has been a watering hole for decades, once serving up drinks to writers like John Fante and Charles Bukowski. It's located on Skid Row and, in fact, it's the last bar there.  

But the neighborhood is rapidly gentrifying and King Eddy's days are numbered. The California Report's Alex Schmidt has the story.


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