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.