Friday, October 07, 2005

R.I.P. L.A. restaurants

As the L.A. Times pointed out Wednesday in the article Incredible Shrinking Restaurant Scene, it hasn't been a good year for L.A. restaurants. Some places, like Rika, with its high roller-meets-callgirl aesthetic and BLT sushi, obviously deserved to die a painful death. Other, like Mix, seemed to have the right ingredients, but never managed to find a following.

Now Silver Lake's Tantra, which offered pretty nice Indian food in a lovely setting, has closed and seems to be undergoing renovations inside. I'd had several problems with their service in the past, so it wasn't at the top of my list, but it did seem good for the neighborhood to have a more upscale restaurant. With the adjacent Cirxa also being remodeled, there could be a lot of activity on that block soon.

8 comments:

Cybele said...

I've heard that Cirxa is becoming a sushi bar.

Jessica said...

I never went to Tantra or had much interest, frankly, but I heard the owner is bad news and alienated many neighbors and others in the community. I think some folks will be glad to see his business go.

Pat Saperstein said...

Yes, I heard that too about Cirxa -- hopefully a really good sushi bar! And I think you're right about the owners of Tantra, Jessica. But it's hard to say how you could make money from that space unless they put in another pretty ambitious restaurant.

Chibitaro said...

Whoa- Cirxa is becoming a sushi bar? I heard that they're just revamping.... Anyone know what's happening with Tantra?

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