The COVID-19 pandemic has closed yet another business on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood. The Coco Queen French Restaurant, located at 8700 Santa Monica Blvd., joins neighboring businesses that currently sit empty as the pandemic continues to make it difficult for businesses to survive.
“Due to COVID-19, we are sorry to announce that we will be closed until next year, we are working hard to make sure next year we continue cooking and serving the best chicken in town :),” reads an announcement on their website.
“Hey WeHo! We regret to announce that we are closing our doors temporarily while we relocate next year,” reads a message on their official Facebook page. “We’ve absolutely adored serving our community, and we’ll let you know when we are ready to bring you the best rotisserie chicken in the city once more!”
The Coco Queen has had a rocky ride in WeHo. This is the second time it closes its doors on the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Westbourne Drive. Owners Angelique Bohbot and Nathalie Dahan received the red ribbon treatment by the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce on June 11, 2019. By July 21, 2019 the place was closed down unexpectedly. Customers complained that plates upwards of $30.00 was way too expensive.
The restaurant reopened its doors on August 2, 2019 with owner Nathalie Dahan running the place solo. She told WEHO TIMES then that the “queen” took some time to regroup and re-energize and reorganize management after a rough start. Dahan offered a new menu and new pricing, but some customers didn’t return.
“It’s difficult running a business, period,” She said back then. “The rent is very high here, but you have to stay positive. You have to stay true to your vision. I love the community of West Hollywood. I love being here. We decided to start over and we want to welcome everyone back, so hopefully people will come back and give us another chance.”
The Restaurant tried to stay afloat during the pandemic. It offered outdoor dining, but was never able to fill the space along the sidewalk. The result was permanent closure with the promise of reopening at a different location next year.