After two decades as one of L.A.’s quintessential throwback diners and a gathering place for all walks, Hollywood mainstay the 101 Coffee Shop has closed permanently. According to Stacy Fratelli, a former 101 Coffee Shop server and manager, the charming and stylish restaurant closed what was meant to be temporarily in March 2020, but then never reopened.
In a statement to Variety, co-owner Warner Ebbink pointed guests to another of his concepts, Little Dom’s, and added, “This closure defines the end of an era. We’ll always be grateful for the shared moments and what the restaurant brought to the L.A. [food and bervage] community, as well as the incredible support of our loyal guests at all our establishments.” Regulars, one-time visitors and a number of A-list celebrities all took to social media to remember the ’60s-styled setting seen in the likes of Swingers and Entourage, posting memories of late nights and photo tributes of plush booths and swiveling counter stools.
“We are saddened to announce the permanent closing of the 101 Coffee Shop,” Fratelli writes on the Gofundme page for the restaurant’s staff. “This marks the end of an era. For many of us, employees and patrons alike, the 101 Coffee Shop wasn’t just a restaurant. It was home. It was our Cheers, our Central Perk. If you know, you know. Hollywood will never be the same. Twenty years of serving you, running to get your eggs, waffle brownie sundae celebrations, late night coffee dates, screenplays written, surprise engagements. Couples have met here and returned to renew their vows. Kids have grown up here and now come back with their own kids. It’s impossible to put into words what this place has meant to so many…
“We love you, and we will always cherish the time that we spent making your days brighter and bellies fuller. How blessed we were to know all of you, and to be surrounded by such amazing people on a daily basis. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you, and we hope that some day, in some way, we will see you again.”