13 CLASSIC L.A. PLACES THAT ARE ABOUT TO DISAPPEAR
Most aren't designated landmarks, but that doesn't mean we won't miss them. Goodbye special places, hello blandness.
- •Formosa CafeFeatured in LA Confidential and countless Hollywood noir, the 90 year old restaurant enjoys landmark status--but only the exterior. The inside was recently gutted and the funky flavor erased.
- •Figueroa Hotel1920s Spanish style hotel with a 1990s Moroccan overlay will be renovated beginning next month.
- •Frederick's of HollywoodVenerable lingerie shop that had celebrity brassieres displayed on Hollywood Boulevard left us in April.
- •House of BluesThe massive club opened in 1994 and will close Aug 7 to make room for mixed use condo-hotel.
- •El Dorado LanesAnother 1950s bowling alley goes under the knife to emerge as a luxury bowling center. The amazing mosaic tile outside the Westchester spot will stay.
- •Aidakoff Screening Room100-year-old Charles Aidakoff's private filmmakers' screening room on Rodeo Drive closes this week.
- •Jan's Coffee Shop1950s diner on Beverly in West Hollywood making room for a Chipotle.
- •Figueroa Tower Sky Lobby1989 bank building's 6th floor panorama mural threatened by new owners.
- •Belvedere Fireman's Recreation ClubCentury-old East L.A. club converted to apartments and later remodeled to lose its hand-painted sign.
- •Arby's neon signArby's Roast Beef in Van Nuys is now a Starbucks, its iconic cowboy hat in the Valley Relics museum.
- •Billy's Deli67-year-old Glendale restaurant once filled with sassy waitresses and black-and-white pictures.
- •Jewel's Catch One1972 nightclub once described as the "Nation's first black gay and lesbian disco" closed July 18.
- •San Pedro Waterfront Red CarThree restored and replica Pacific Electric red cars will be taken off track later this year.