Archive for the ‘Closures’Category

Updated: Dolce out; Philippe in?

Just got word (per official flakage) that Philippe Chow is opening a Philippe restaurant “in West Hollywood this September in the space that formerly housed Dolce.” Since Dolce is still up and running, this leads me to believe it’s either closing or moving to another space. Chow’s rep says he finalized the contract last week to take over the space; waiting for official word from the Dolce Group.

[UPDATE: Official flakage from Dolce Group: “They have made us a generous offer and we are considering moving Dolce West Hollywood. Nothing has been finalized just yet.” Who do you believe?]


05 2009

More store closures

Empty Stores on West Third Street. Photo from WWD.

Empty Stores on West Third Street. Photo from WWD.

Women’s Wear Daily has a story on the increasing number of boutique and specialty retail store closings around Los Angeles, with Robertson Boulevard, Melrose Place, Montana Avenue and West Third Street taking the hardest hits. I covered this for the LA Business Journal back in March when more than 30 storefronts were either empty or in the process of closing up shop. Other parts of the city have been affected as well, including Venice’s Abbot Kinney Boulevard, and a drive down Pico Boulevard between Robertson and La Cienega boulevards yesterday revealed some new empty retail spaces that I hadn’t noticed before.

But not all parts of the city are losing places to shop: Malibu Lumber Yard, the new swanky retail center next to the Malibu Country Mart, just opened last weekend. Good idea or bad idea? Time will tell, but in the meantime, head over to the Lumber Yard for free Crumbs cupcakes on Saturday (April 25). They’re giving out 1,000 freebies starting at 9:00 a.m., per EaterLA.

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04 2009