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    Marco’s Restaurant in West Hollywood is ‘Temporarily Closed’ Until Further Notice

    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.

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    Paulo Murillo
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    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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    RSB
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    8 months ago

    It’s still open

    Natasha
    Natasha
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    8 months ago

    This is sad news. It’s another example of a small business struggling to stay afloat in West Hollywood. Unfortunately the future does not look too good for Marco’s. I’m sure the new higher minimum wage and benefits didn’t help them financially.

    CryMeARiver
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    Reply to  Natasha
    8 months ago

    It is more sad that you don’t read articles before you post your opinions. In the third sentence of the opening paragraph it says They assure their customers that the will open again soon. Why are you spreading rumors that they are closing? The lengths some people go to with their personal vendettas against members of the city council. It’s sad.

    Natasha
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    Reply to  CryMeARiver
    8 months ago

    You are clueless. Businesses don’t just close their doors for the heck of it. The city is on the verge of losing hundreds of small businesses thanks to corrupt and incompetence on the city council. They are running the city like it’s some union. This won’t end well.

    CryMeARiver
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    Reply to  Natasha
    8 months ago

    You mean you are hoping it won’t end well. This type of wishful thinking is the real problem in West Hollywood. You will burn it to the ground and make the city look bad to make your point that you were right about the incompetence of the city council. It’s why you never offer any real solutions. All you do is complain.

    Natasha
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    Reply to  CryMeARiver
    8 months ago

    The real problem in Weho are people like you who know nothing about the subject yet you think you are some sort of expert. The solution is simple. The city council should stop passing laws that negatively impact small businesses and they should stop acting like some union where businesses in their view are always the villain. You live in your little fantasy world where you think businesses only exist to hire people they don’t exist to actually make a profit. Please go get educated.

    Crystal
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    Reply to  CryMeARiver
    8 months ago

    It’s clear what her solutions are. A better city council with better policies that support businesses, residents and keeps workers working. It’s pretty clear.

    Kevin
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    Reply to  Natasha
    8 months ago

    There is no future for Marcos. Did you read the article? Their lease is up in 3 months and don’t want to sign a new 5 year lease. They will close.

    Natasha
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    Reply to  Kevin
    8 months ago

    Yes, I read the article. I agree the future does not look great. It’s possible someone will come along and buy the business on the cheap if they can work something out with the landlord. That way they will get the equipment for next to nothing. The issue of the high minimum wages and benefits in Weho will still be a long term problem for any new owner. Restaurants work on small margins.

    KoWeho
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    8 months ago

    He should have never said he was selling the business given the lease was ending or tried to negotiate a lease option with the landlord passing the lease to a new owner only he could sell the business and releasing him if it did not. If your lease is up within a few months, all you have to sell is the business and its intellectual properties, etc. and then leaving the buyer to try to lease the space is almost impossible. Any savvy buyer would just wait for the lease to end and lease it as a turnkey operation without… Read more »

    Graham
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    8 months ago

    Because of fascists on the WEHO city council. “How much of my hard work do you think you’re entitled too”?

    #savsweho
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    8 months ago

    Very sad to hear. Marco’s is one of the classic restaurants in West Hollywood for the citizens who live here and visitors. Fair prices, excellent food and service. Another victim of the unfriendly attitude towards business created by Shayne and Erickson, spearheaded by Horvath… Thank the sky God she’s gone. Next could be La Boheme to close after Erickson’s ludacris performance over the billion dollar mistake. All the restaurants in West Hollywood taste major problems after the covid mask debacle and the shutdowns instituted by political hacks. Then Shyne comes in backed by some Union and institutes the highest minimum… Read more »

    Weho artist
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    8 months ago

    https://wehotimes.com/paramount-plus-allegedly-pulls-film-shoot-at-chateau-marmont-in-support-of-hotel-worker-boycott/#comment-1176

    This was a comment from you 2 years ago supporting Unite Here 11.

    You are the hack, Michael Grace aka “MAGA Gay Weho”

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