It’s been quite the week for longstanding Downtown restaurants. On Monday, owners Yassmin Sarmadi and Tony Esnault sold their influential ten-year restaurant, Church & State. And just yesterday, Café Pinot announced its final day of service this Friday, April 26.
The 25-year-old restaurant is one of Downtown’s early settlers, when staying late for dinner or theater wasn’t a popular consideration. And while wealth of dining choices exists today, that wasn’t always the case. A small group of restaurants opened in Downtown’s core during the late 1980s and 1990s, including Café Pinot, Water Grill, plus Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger’s shuttered restaurant, Ciudad.
Chefs Joachim Splichal and Octavio Becerra opened Café Pinot in 1993 in a cozy glass-enclosed space adjacent to Downtown’s iconic Central Library. The restaurant endured a harsh review from former LA Weekly critic Besha Rodell in 2016, leaving Splichal to express disappointment and promise a higher standard for future diners. According to the Los Angeles Times, there are no future plans for the space.
Café Pinot. 700 W. 5th Street, Downtown LA, CA