It’s true. Café D’Etoile, the beloved West Hollywood restaurant known for serving French-American faire, located in the heart of WeHo’s Boystown, has closed after serving the community for the past 36 years. Tonight was its last night of operation.
The following statement was posted on the restaurant’s Facebook page:
“With a very heavy heart, we are sorry to announce that after 36 years we are closing our doors,” read a statement via the restaurant’s Facebook page. “With rising costs from food, drinks and labor, it is no longer financially viable to remain open. We want to thank all of our customers throughout the years that have stood by us through thick and thin. We could not have done it without you. We also can’t leave out our amazing staff that put in so much to keep it going and to make the Café such an iconic place to visit in West Hollywood. We wish [them] the best and know that they will do well wherever they go. We hope that whatever replaces Café D’Etoile in the future can not only live up to our customers expectations, but can exceed them. Thank you EVERYONE! We love you all and we will always remember the great times we all shared together over the years!
From the staff, the family, of Café D’Etoile”
“It was a great part of history and I was proud to be a part of a great legacy of the city’s,” Tom Doherty, the owner of Café D’Etoile told WEHO TIMES. “The staff deserves great credit for carrying the business through so many years of fine memories.”
When asked why the restaurant closed so abruptly, Doherty responded:
“Perhaps when I think about it… and put it perspective, it was not so abrupt. Any business is subject to its own set of circumstances. There were many factors, all important in their part. There was no one event or circumstance. The great run was very special and I’m not going anywhere, just making some major life changes.”
“The title of owner of the Cafe I’m sure will be the most defining aspect of my career. I will continue to be a guy that carries that memory,” he added.
Café D’Etoile was gay-owned and has seen its share of business come and go. It closes its doors a month after the closing of the Los Angeles Sporting Club (LASC), another gay-owned business that has been around for decades.
Café D’Etoile first opened at 8941 1/2, Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood, in 1983. It was Le Toile back in the 70s for more than a decade. The restaurant has massive history and holds memories for countless people. It will be missed.