Taste on Melrose, located at 8454 Melrose Avenue, in West Hollywood, becomes the latest casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic after operating in WeHo for over a decade. Founded in 2009, the restaurant and bar has been closed since July despite being setup to offer front and back outdoor patios which fall within the Los Angeles County guidelines that allow it to serve food with some restrictions.
According to statement currently up on the Taste on Melrose website, the West Hollywood location is temporarily closed in observance of the State of California Safer at Home Order. “We plan to reopen when it is safe for guests, our team and all involved in our operation,” it reads. We continue to be saddened by this reality however, health and safety are our number one goal.”
However, WhatNowLosAngeles.com reports that Chris Mara, an agent with Hilton & Hyland Commercial has confirmed the permanent closure of the eatery known for its casual elegant setting and farmer’s market-influenced contemporary American comfort food.
Mara told What NowLosAngeles.com via phone that the former Taste Restaurant is available to lease on a direct deal with the owner. According to Mara’s listing, the space is described as a second-generation property known for its front and back patio, and large adjacent parking lot. The property is located in a premier location in West Hollywood which is adjacent to La Cienega Boulevard and Melrose Place.
Taste on Melrose is one of two locations. Its sister restaurant located in Pacific Palisades, at 538 Palisades Drive, is also permanently closed, according to their Yelp page.
WhatNowLosAngeles.com points to a post on the Palisadian-Post, which states “The forced shut down due to quarantine orders regarding COVID-19 on March 15, ongoing and escalating issues surrounding the pandemic coupled with an extremely unclear future brought us to this most difficult decision.”
Taste on Melrose is yet another business that will sit empty in the city of West Hollywood while the coronavirus pandemic keeps indoor dining closed.