DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES - After 14 years in Downtown Weiland Brewery in Little Tokyo is closing this weekend.

 “We’ve been in limbo for years, we found a new spot and it’s time to roll,” said bar owner Rick Bennett, who is planning to reopen in Long Beach, although it may be under a new name.

Housed in a former ice factory, the bar is being displaced by Metro’s $1.37 billion Regional Connector, a rail line that will have a station located at the First Street site.

Other nearby businesses like the Spice Table and Senor Fish will also have to move but they likely have until late this year to find a new home.

Bennett said they are jumping ship early because they found a location they liked in Long Beach and don’t want to lose the spot.   

There are no specific events planned this weekend but Bennett does expect a big crowd to come say goodbye to the bar that for years was a lonely outpost in a dark corner of Downtown before new housing and restaurants arrived in the area.

Once a hangout for police and City Hall employees, Weiland became known for its good happy hour deals and hefty servings of garlic fries. It closes June 30.

At 400 E. First St., (213) 680-2881 or

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