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    Marco’s Italian Restaurant is Closing in West Hollywood After 30 Years

    WeHo Times reported here first that Marco’s Restaurant was up for sale and that their lease was ending at the end of this year, potentially closing the beloved Italian restaurant, located at 8200 Santa Monica Blvd. Owner Marco Capanni has confirmed today that the restaurant is closing its doors after 30 years in West Hollywood, on December 24. It opened in West Hollywood in 1993.

    “We put the restaurant up for sale earlier in the year,” he told WEHO TIMES back in August. “I have a lease that is good until the end of the year. The business will probably close. It’s been really rough for us. I spoke to the landlord. He wanted me to renew the lease. He wanted to give us another five years. So right now, I’m testing the market to see if it’s sellable.”

    It is not yet clear if the business sold, but the listing offered everything a potential buyer would need. “It’s fully loaded,” he said. “It’s a turnkey operation, which means someone can walk in and take over the business. They will not be getting an empty restaurant.”

    Capanni revealed this past summer that he can’t keep with the new world, which he believes has changed since COVID, “I can’t keep up with the social media and all the things you need to do today to keep this going,” he said. “We’ve been a family neighborhood restaurant for thirty years and we’ve been pretty good at we do. Thirty years is a long time for a small family restaurant.”

    He also added that the rise in the minimum wage in West Hollywood has been a challenge for his small business. “For a small business like ours, it’s costing us a few thousand dollars a week to meet this new minimum wage,” he said. “When you have 22 employees and some are making $16.00 and some are making $17.00, and now they all make $19.08, which is the highest in the country, it’s really rough for us.”

    The WeHo Times Story announcing the sale of the businesses posed many challenges for the restaurant. According to several sources, many of their employees quit to find new jobs, forcing them to shut down for several days until they were fully staffed.

    Today, customers woke up to the following message on posted on their website:

    “Dear Loyal Customers,

    It is with a heavy heart that we share the news of the closing of Marco’s, our West Hollywood Italian food icon, on Sunday, December 24th. Since 1993, we’ve been privileged to serve our community with passion and love.

    The decision to close is influenced by the challenges of staff shortages and the increase in costs associated with wages for our dedicated team, coupled with rising food costs and operational constraints. Despite our best efforts, sustaining our operations has become increasingly challenging.

    We invite all our loyal patrons to join us for a final meal at Marco’s, where we can share memories, stories, and the flavors that have defined our culinary journey. Your support has been the heartbeat of our establishment, and we are grateful for the incredible memories created together.

    As a token of our appreciation, we are delighted to offer a 25% discount on all entrées from now until closing on Christmas Eve. To redeem this offer, kindly mention ‘25% OFF’ to your server when placing your order. Please note that this promotion is valid for dine-in orders only.

    As we bid farewell, we extend our deepest gratitude for being an integral part of the Marco’s family”

    According to their website, “Marco and his beloved ‘mama’ opened a small trattoria in West Hollywood in 1993. With a lifelong passion of hospitality and a deep love of the food from her Italian birthplace, they created a neighborhood trattoria and pizzeria that spun over two decades of fabulous ‘home cooked’ foods, wonderful loving friends and the culinary memories of an era long gone.”

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    Paulo Murillo
    Paulo Murillohttps://wehotimes.com
    Paulo Murillo is Editor in Chief and Publisher of WEHO TIMES. He brings over 20 years of experience as a columnist, reporter, and photo journalist. Murillo began his professional writing career as the author of “Love Ya, Mean It,” an irreverent and sometimes controversial West Hollywood lifestyle column for FAB! newspaper. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, which include the “Hot Topic” column in Frontiers magazine, where he covered breaking news and local events in West Hollywood. He can be reached at [email protected]

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    Vince Ventura
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    3 months ago

    It is so sad. Every iconic restaurant has closed. I miss The Silver Spoon, the French Market even the Yukon Mining Company. Rent is sky high in West Hollywood. All that seems to survive is cannabis shops. I love Marco he is such a sweet man. I have had birthday parties there and was always happy. I am Italian so Marco and I would talk about recipes. When mama was alive they used to give me samples of different dishes. I felt like I did when I was growing up. My heart is really sad. I didn’t expect this. I… Read more »

    Kiss it
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    4 months ago

    This place got too expensive most of the dishes are over $25! Some days are closed some days are open there’s no reliability.

    Sushi Mark
    Sushi Mark
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    4 months ago

    I ate their once. Quality of the food wasn’t good. Brown pieces of lettuce, dressing from a bottle, meatballs that tasted like they were frozen and so on. Nothing pains me more than when a restaurant misses on the details.

    david
    david
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    4 months ago

    Sad to hear of Marco’s closing. How many more businesses will we lose duet the minimum wage increase that has hurt small businesses? This has hurt patrons as well that have less funds to spend since prices had to increase to try to offset the rising costs

    Kevin
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    Reply to  david
    4 months ago

    While he complains about the new wage, the real issue is he waited until his lease was almost done before trying to sell and it sounds like he does not want re-sign. I suspect a new operator will be in there very soon with their own lease.

    david
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    Reply to  Kevin
    4 months ago

    That’s not what he states in his reason for closing. He clearly states high wages, rising food costs and difficulties finding staff to support his business. The landlord might have also asked for higher rent but he doesn’t necessarily state that.

    Kevin
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    Reply to  david
    4 months ago

    I feel bad for him, but he could sign a new lease and he waited too long to sell the business.

    KoWeho
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    4 months ago

    I sympathize with Mr. Capanni’s situation, but it’s unlikely that anyone would have been interested in buying his business or that any bank would finance its sale without a lease in place for at least five years if not ten. Since his equity is tied to the business’s name and reputation, he’s most likely out of luck when it comes to receiving any returns for his 30 years of work. To avoid this situation, he should have considered negotiating a lease extension and planning for a sale a few years ago. He could still sign another five-year lease and try… Read more »

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