Marco’s Restaurant, located at 8200 Santa Monica Boulevard, will be temporarily closed until further notice. The reason for its closure is due to staffing issues, according to a post on their Facebook page. They assure their customers that the will open again soon.
“Update to our friends,” reads the post. “We will be temporarily closed until further notice due to staffing issues that require our immediate attention. Please bear with us, as we are committed to addressing these concerns and plan to return stronger than before. We genuinely appreciate your patience and understanding as we work diligently to resolve these issues and improve our overall dining experience. In the meantime, we kindly ask you to disregard any rumors circulating on social media about our closure. We’ll continue to keep you informed. We want to express our sincere gratitude for your ongoing support of Marcos and we look forward to reuniting with you soon!”
Owner Marco Capanni, confirmed last month that his family restaurant is currently listed for sale after being in the city of West Hollywood for the past 30 years.
A representative for Commercial Brokers International, a commercial real estate agency, posted the listing of the beloved Italian restaurant on Instagram stating that the business is up for lease. It is described as a 1,400 square foot turnkey restaurant in the heart of West Hollywood. Its highlights include a “hard corner of a highly sought-after street on Santa Monica Boulevard. between La Cienega Blvd and Crescent Heights with high counts of pedestrian and vehicle traffic.”
However, Capanni wants to clarify that the business is up for sale and not for lease. He says that they can’t lease the space until he is out of the building. He owns the lease right now, at least until the end of the year.
“We put the restaurant up for sale earlier in the year,” he told WEHO TIMES. “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.”
He 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.”
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.”
We will keep you informed when it reopens.
UPDATE: Marco’s Restaurant resolved their staffing issues are open for business once again after being closed for a few days.