Demolition crews began tearing down the building which housed the Silver Spoon diner Thursday.
As of Thursday afternoon, about a third of the building has been demolished -- the portion that housed the restaurant's bar.
A member of the demolition crew said they were scheduled to continue tearing the building down over the next two weeks to just the back two walls.
City Hall's planning department told Patch this job is considered a "remodel" rather than a demolition since the basic structural supports will remain in place.
Because Silver Spoon is under 10,000 square feet, the remodel plans were approved at the staff level. If it was larger than that, it would have gone before the Planning Commission.
The diner at 8171 Santa Monica Blvd has been a Weho staple since 1965 when it opened as Theodore's. The name changed to the Silver Spoon in 1987.
Last fall, the family that owned Silver Spoon sold the restaurant and closed the doors for the final time on Dec. 31, 2011.
According to a public notice in the window at the time of the closing, the restaurant will reopen as “Connie and Ted’s.” A report released by the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control said the business has been sold to Chef Michael Cimarusti of the Melrose seafood restaurant Providence and Claim Jumper founder Craig Nickoloff.