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Mixed Company in Silver Lake out of business after 10 months

Mixed company in Silver Lake

SILVER LAKE – After an ambitious build-out that lasted more than a year – and only 10 short months in business – Mixed Company on Sunset Boulevard has shut its doors for good. The restaurant announced the closure on its web site, but did not offer an explanation.

“The reasons are several and none of them can be summarized succinctly,” the statement said. “We gave it a run and through it all we were fortunate to meet and work with people of the highest integrity and exceptional talent. Together we hit many of our marks; we missed some as well.”

Before opening last year, Mixed Company had been a hotly anticipated and ambitious project by the same team that opened The Black Cat restaurant and bar next door and the Village Idiot on Melrose Avenue. The former laundry was transformed into a “casual modern Middle Eastern” restaurant with seating for 120 people for breakfast, lunch and dinner, LA Eater reported. The original plan for the restaurant involved selling beer and wine to go.

Eater said there is no word yet what will replace Mixed Company in the 2,700 square feet of space.

The building at 3903 Sunset Blvd. is a city landmark  since it was the scene of one of the nation’s first major gay rights demonstrations against police harassment in the 1960s.

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13 comments

  1. Gentrification driving out business…

  2. Bummer…Restaurant business in high rent locations is freaking tough. Complex, capital intensive, and at the mercy of the public stomach.

  3. Did not ever dine there, but if the food was a mediocre as the Black Cat I’m not surprised. Still surprised that the Black Cat seems to be making it. Never had a decent meal there and tried a couple of times.

  4. Good food and generous people. Donated an evening to TS King Middle School and Friends of King. Very fun and helped the school a lot.

  5. It would be nice to have the laundromat back. Maybe no one wanted to eat there because all the hipsters stink for lack of anywhere to do their laundry other than one of the coffee shops or bars.

    • What type of people don’t have access to laundry in their house or condo? Serious question, I actually don’t understand why laundromats exist

      • I don't have laundry in my apartment

        I live in Echo Park in a 4-unit building built in 1917 that does not have laundry hookups for any of the units. So I need to use a laundromat regularly. Are you implying that only poor people don’t have laundry access in their homes? Because I wouldn’t consider myself poor; in fact some people on this blog would probably consider me one of those hated gentrifiers (East Coast transplant with white collar corporate job). Yes it sucks that I don’t have an in-unit washer and dryer, but the trade-off I made when I decided to move in to my apartment is that it’s right next to the lake and I can walk to almost anything I need in Echo Park.

        • Seems like you’re part of a small and shrinking demographic in Echo Park, I don’t think any developers will want to waste premier real estate on something that only serves a tiny portion of the community.

      • Well, TheRealMonty, you don’t seem to live in the real world (and if your the real monty, I suppose you don’t use clothes anyway).

        Lots of apartments or even rentals in cottages or homes do not have any laundry facilities. Condos no different, you are not likely to find a community laundry for the complex, and people don’t necessarily have enough space in their unit for laundry facilities — I know my friends with a condo don’t.

        You should checkout how the rest of the people have to live.

  6. when the laundromat was in that location, it was ALWAYS busy. Many folks on my street (Hyperion) have no other access to dependable washer and dryers.

  7. Didn’t like the compulsory 20% tip. Service also kinda sucked and the menu was rather limited.

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