Cafe Pinot

The patio at Cafe Pinot looks out on the Maguire Gardens and the Central Library.

One of Downtown Los Angeles’ landmark restaurants is no more.

Café Pinot, which for 25 years occupied a high-profile spot at the Los Angeles Central Library’s Maguire Gardens, will have its final day of service on Friday, April 26.

A statement from operator Patina Restaurant Group did not specify a reason for why the establishment was shut down, instead remarking in part that, “we are grateful to the many guests and team members who created more than two decades of memories there.”

The statement added that there are currently no plans for the space.

Chefs Joachim Splichal and Octavio Becerra opened the Fifth Street restaurant with the inviting patio in 1995, and it quickly became a favorite of Downtown’s lunch and brunch crowd, as well as a popular spot for weddings and a variety of private and corporate events. Specializing in Cal-French cuisine, the restaurant was lauded for its rotisserie jidori chicken and duck breast.

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The Los Angeles Times first reported the news of the closure.

Patina Group continue to operate Downtown restaurants including Patina, Kendall’s Brasserie and Nick & Stef’s Steakhouse.

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