Storefront Report: Makeover may have failed to save a Silver Lake restaurant

After a weeks-long closure and renovation this summer, Dusty’s Bistro reopened in July with new decor – described by Eater L.A. as “faux rustic bistro” – and new menu items.  But the makeover generated mixed reviews from customers of  the restaurant, which anchors a corner of shops at Sunset Boulevard and Descanso Drive.  This weekend, the restaurant apparently closed for good after the owner sold the business, according to a former employee and nearby merchants.  The phone has been disconnected and attempts to reach the owners at the restaurant,  which was closed today, were not successful.

“The remodel was not received well by many locals and regulars,” said a Silver Lake resident and former employee. “For now it will be closed for a while and most likely be a completely different restaurant. It’s bitter sweet because the real “Dusty’s” was lost after the remodel.”

What will replace Dusty’s? Some have mentioned a high-end Japanese restaurant but that could not be confirmed, however. One nearby merchant said Dusty’s busy brunch and weekend business generated a lot of foot traffic for nearby stores. Now that traffic is gone for now.

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