Spartina’s Farewell: A Culinary Decade Comes to a Bittersweet End
Spartina, the West Hollywood, California – Italian restaurant that has fed the neighborhood for 15 years, is sadly closing on January 28. The closure was announced on the restaurant’s social media last week.
Chef Stephen Kalt, who has been in the business for almost forty years, opened the restaurant in 2015. Apparently, the restaurant had a 40% loss in sales since the Writer’s and Actor’s strikes began.
The social media post on Instagram said, “Spartina, for nearly a decade, you have nourished us. You survived a riot and a deadly pandemic, break-ins, torrential downpours and the unpredictable shifting with the wind and the times – the vulnerability of other opinions. You offered a space for celebrating life and death and fed us for every milestone in between. You were a reflection of us and our dedicated staff and a damn good neighborhood retreat amongst the lemon and olive trees. Owning and operating a restaurant is not for the faint of heart, but day in and day out, you offered a place for us to cook, tell our story, and make people happy. You were the real live bear. We gave you our all, and if we could do it again, we would. We love you. Farewell
Please come by between now and next Saturday to have a bite, sip a negroni, and say goodbye.”