Los Angeles bar restaurant shuts down, saying ‘time to get off the ground’

Silver Lake’s Bar Restaurant is permanently closed this weekend. The onetime Sunset Boulevard hotspot calls for after-service termination on Saturday, June 25.

The sudden shutter was announced last night on Instagram, in a post that partially texts:

Thank you to all of our customers, staff and friends who made this place special during the most difficult times imaginable. We’ve held out for as long as we can, proud of what we’ve accomplished and sad now to see it go. Honestly, it’s time to get off the roller coaster.

“We were kind of hot” says Chef and Partner Doug Rankin regarding opening a bar-restaurant in late fall 2019 in the former Malo district. Then the pandemic happened and we were closed. Navigating through the next two years, from opening and closing and the various iterations of the restaurant…we just didn’t have the time to be who we are.”

Hot white is right. In February 2020, after months of skyrocketing sales, Rankin and owner Jeff Ellermayer got a great review from Bill Addison at Los Angeles Times. Three weeks later, restaurants were completely closed for on-site dining, followed by waves of closures, takeaway needs, mask mandates, staffing and supply chain issues. Rankin says the restaurant has managed to accommodate diners for months in its large parking lot, but has struggled to regain its sense of self.

“If everything was normal and the pandemic didn’t happen, we would be in a completely different place,” he says. “We did everything we could to keep the restaurant open, from making CSA boxes to family meals, to the grill concept. We didn’t have the time to shape our identity and build a proper customer base.”

Eater reached out to owner Jeff Ellermeyer (also of Echo and El Prado) regarding the closing announcement, but did not receive a response.

“We kept much longer than a lot of other places that have opened,” Rankin says. “We watched the restaurants close every day, and it was really hard. We made it through, but in the end we felt it was time to get out of the way.”

Rankin credits his staff with keeping a brave face until the end. “Space is space,” he says. “It’s completely different when you have an emotional connection to the people inside the building.” The last day of service for the Bar Restaurant is Saturday, June 25th.

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