It’s final, Du-par’s restaurant in Studio City will close on Jan. 1.
The diner has been open for the past 70 years. There’s another location in Pasadena, but as Los Angeles Daily News reports, the one in Studio City will be replaced by a Sephora as the owners couldn’t work out a new lease with landlords. The news is a blow to the staff and customers of Du-Par’s. It’s a regular hangout for locals, and like many diners, has a familial feel. Another nearby location may open up, but that has yet to be determined.
In light of the closing of this landmark, AirTalk wants to know about your restaurant hangouts. What place has that “Cheers”-like quality: where everybody knows your name? Where do you go for the company, not just the food? Are there servers and owners there that feel more like friends and family?
Farley Elliott, senior editor, EaterLA; author of “Los Angeles Street Food: A History from Tamaleros to Taco Trucks” (The History Press, 2015)