Silver Spoon Diner to Close Dec. 31

Longtime restaurant to shutter at 5 p.m. Saturday, website reports. New owners plan to take over space.

, the long-standing family-owned and operated restaurant at 8171 Santa Monica Blvd., is preparing to shutter in a few days, Eater LA reported late Tuesday.

The site points to the diner's recent window signage that reads: "Our last day of business will be December 31, 2011 and we will be closing at 5 p.m. Thank you for your years of patronage."

A public notice of application for ownership change in the eatery's window lists the new business' name as "Connie and Ted's."

The restaurant has been , according to a report released by the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

Chef Michael Cimarusti of the Melrose seafood restaurant Providence and Claim Jumper founder Craig Nickoloff are to take over the 25-year-old coffee shop. No word on what type of eatery the duo's new venture will be.

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Paul December 28, 2011 at 06:53 AM
Add just another long time business to go bust due to the failing economy. I am still heart sick over the closure of Yukon Mining company. The restaurant business has been hit hard as people are eating more particle meals and healthy ones also. I personally like Chipotle as they are inexpensive, filling and healthy.
me December 28, 2011 at 08:27 AM
i appreciate the history, but terrible food at silver spoon and yukon....
Paul December 28, 2011 at 09:47 AM
I agree. I don't really care for the French market either. To expensive. I would be sad if they closed though. I use to enjoy eating at the Greenery after the bars closed.
Jon Ponder December 28, 2011 at 05:04 PM
It is inapt to compare the Silver Spoon with Yukon Mining Company. At the Spoon, the service is great thanks to Gloria, Michael and the other wait staff, and the menu has a big selection of diner food at a decent price. The service at the Yukon was dreadful and the food was inedible. The Spoon also has an anonymous vibe that has made it one of the few places where stars like Shelly Winters, Robert Forster, Sally Kirkland, Rip Taylor and many others could go and enjoy real diner food without being accosted by tourists. The Silver Spoon is an industry institution and, if anything, compares with Paty's in Burbank or the Astro in Silver Lake, but not the Yukon, which was just dreadful on every count.
MarkD December 28, 2011 at 06:34 PM
Good riddance to bad rubbish. Whatever the Silver Spoon once was, it hasn't been that for at least four or five years. The menu is terrible, the food was terrible, and a meal at Silver Spoon cost more than a much better meal at the French Market. French Market recently invested in some redecoration and a new menu, and its a great place to eat again. Silver Spoon never bothered to reinvest in the business or update its menu. Same thing that happened to Yukon Mining Co. The death sentence on both of those places was clear several years before they finally shuttered. I miss the Silver Spoon that existed when I moved to West Hollywood years ago. I will not miss the Silver Spoon that's been operating over the past four years.
Paul December 28, 2011 at 07:06 PM
I haven't eaten at Silver Spoons since 1989 and I think it was called Theodore's them if I'm not mistaken? Has anyone ever eaten at Cafe LaBoime on Orlando and Santa Monica Blvd? (yes, I know I spelled the name wrong) When I first moved to West Hollywood it was "The house of pies". Every kind of pie you can image. Yummy!!!!
MarkD December 28, 2011 at 07:11 PM
Paul, if you think the French Market is too expensive, then you should steer very clear of LaBoehme. You could treat three of your friends to dinner at French Market on what your single entree would cost at LaBoehme. The food was good, though, the last time I ate there a few years ago.
Jon Ponder December 28, 2011 at 07:49 PM
It was opened as Theodore's in 1965 by Ted Freistat. One rumor is that John Lennon and Harry Nilsson started a brawl there one night. Before that it was briefly Reuben's. According to Seeing-Stars.com http://www.seeing-stars.com/Dine2/SilverSpoon.shtml: "Back in the '70s it was known as Theodore's cafe, and after Schwab's Drug Store closed (and A&M Records was nearby), Theodore's became a stomping ground for some of the local celebs. People remember seeing John Lennon drop by, as well as Robert De Niro. Later in the 70's, a young Robin Williams and John Ritter used to stop by following their morning comedy classes. "The name changed to Silver Spoon in 1987, and the restaurant (tucked away off Santa Monica Blvd) has become something of a club for a handful of celebrity regulars... "Other stars spotted here in recent years include Roseanne, Thora Birch (American Beauty), Rachel Weisz (Constantine), Benico del Toro (The Usual Suspects), Stella Stevens (The Ballad of Cable Hogue), Faye Dunaway (Bonnie & Clyde, Network), Leslie Ann Warren (Victor/Victoria), Farrah Fawcett (Charlie's Angels) Florence Henderson (The Brady Bunch mom), David Hyde Pierce (Niles on Fraiser), Carol Kane (Taxi), confetti-throwing comic Rip Taylor, Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst..." The last time I was in, which was last spring, Sean Hayes was "taking a meeting" at the next table, with his head shaved, apparently for a role in The Three Stooges movie.
Danielle Jacoby December 28, 2011 at 08:33 PM
Thanks for sharing a bit of Silver Spoon's history Jon.
bobby trendy December 29, 2011 at 05:13 AM
Oh no that's sad , I liked that they had parking! Paul, you are right about the French market -over priced for what it serves Cafe La bohem is just gorgeous and glamorus inside butt it is ten times for expenisve! I love yur christmas pic!!! And nice tree!
bobby trendy December 29, 2011 at 05:21 AM


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