Over the last several months, a few mainstay businesses along a busy stretch of Ventura Boulevard at Laurel Canyon Boulevard in Studio City have announced they are closing their doors for good.
The biggest news came when Du-par’s Restaurant said they would be shutting down on January 1st, 2017 after 70 years in business. Unable to work out a new lease agreement with the building owner, the space will be renovated and taken over by cosmetic chain Sephora. A classic style diner with an ample selection of pies and desserts, Du-par’s has been a central meeting place for Studio City residents for decades. Many locals were saddened when they heard the news, and are planning to stop by to reminisce over that last cup of coffee before the New Year bell rings.
Just before Du-par’s announced their closing, Take A Boa announced it would be closing it’s door November 22nd, 2017. The Pan-Asian restaurant didn’t have the same longevity as Du-par’s, but offered a great alternative to the abundance of sushi spots located along this area of Ventura Blvd, also known as Sushi Row. It is still unclear what will be taking over the location, but word has it Michael Cardenas known for BOA Steakhouse & Sushi Roku has taken over.
One venue along this south of Ventura Blvd block of shuttered eateries, which has been sitting empty and surrounded by a chain link fence for more than a year, has been the McDonald’s. Sharing the same parking lot as Trader Joe’s, and Du-par’s, the building could not be better located. A representative from the Studio City Business District has confirmed the building will be the new home of Mendocino Farms, an extremely popular upscale sandwich shop. The already busy parking lot will soon be getting even busier once it opens.
Along with these larger changes to Ventura and Laurel are some sweet additions which include a trio of new ice cream parlors to the area. The first that entered the foray was McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams along Ventura Place, next up was Salt & Straw and the latest has been Fatamorgana Gelato, both on Ventura Boulevard on either side of Laurel Canyon Blvd.
With all these nostalgic and exciting changes happening in a single block on Ventura Blvd in Studio City, it will be hard not to venture out on Ventura to take a peak.