While Silver Lake’s former Tantra restaurant reopened on Monday as Naya, another neighborhood restaurant a few blocks away has apparently closed its doors. Passersby and customers of La Parrilla Family Restaurant found the doors to the longtime Mexican restaurant – which once hosted performances by a “Mexican Elvis” – closed last weekend. The doors of the restaurant at Sunset Boulevard and Westerly Terrace have remained shut since. Meanwhile, on Silver Lake Boulevard, a black security gate has been stretched across the stark-white facade of Domenico Ristorante, an Italian restaurant that closed last month after being hailed as the new “neighborhood darling” when it opened in early 2009. It’s not clear why both restaurants are closed, but some other restaurateurs say the weak economy is not helping matters.
“We are feeling the economy,” said Nadine Trujillo, who owns Alegria on Sunset Boulevard.
Calls and emails to the owners of Domenico and La Parilla, which also operates restaurants in Boyle Heights and in Mid Wilshire, were not returned.
The triangular, brick building that housed La Parilla on the ground floor and 10 apartments above had been put up for sale earlier this year for $1.4 million as new shops and restaurants opened along Sunset Boulevard. Across street and a block east, Los Globos, a nightclub that primarily served a Latino clientele, has been purchased by the owners of El Cid with plans to feature indie bands. The listing for the La Parilla building said the restaurant, where napkins folded into triangles remained popped up on tables, would be “delivered vacant” upon the sale and touted its potential:
It presents an ideal opportunity for a new owner-user to reposition the restaurant / retail space into a thriving business within one of the hippest areas of Los Angeles.
The most recent listing information indicated the building is no longer for sale.