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Silver Spoon Torn Down

A third of the building which housed the Silver Spoon diner is demolished as of Thursday afternoon. Most of the rest of the building will also come down over the next two weeks,

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.

George Reese June 08, 2012 at 03:09 AM
I really hate to see this place go! I remember when it was Theodores and also have a lot of good memories of Silver Spoon, after it changed names. One time I saw regular Shelley Winters in there and got her autograph and she couldn't have been kinder to me. This was such a popular neighborhood place that it is hard to believe it is gone. I hope the new owner makes it as "homey" as the previous owners did. There just aren't many of these types of diners around anymore, which is a shame. The staff was friendly and they all knew your name and what you liked. One waitress in particular had been there for nearly 30 years if my memory is correct! Great memories.....sad day indeed!
Ali June 08, 2012 at 06:27 AM
I agree. I used to frequent Theodores quite frequently. I stopped going after it turned into Silver Spoon. It was such a nice neighborhood place. Considering the new owners, I doubt that the new place will be very affordable or neighborly. I predict an upscale pricey restaurant with not enough parking.
joninla June 08, 2012 at 08:56 AM
Perhaps a trite old saying may seem not so trite and maybe another way to think about the loss of the Silver Spoon. No matter how wonderful a thing/time/event/business/relationship .... It almost impossible for it to go on forever. So when we want to stay at the party, just remember .... All Good Things Have To Come To An End. Remember the good and look forward to starting new memories either at the new establishment, maybe somewhere else. :)
jojo June 08, 2012 at 05:44 PM
Well I suppose they closed 'cause the customers stopped coming.
Echo WeHo June 14, 2012 at 06:44 AM
Love to Gloria, Michael, Shelley Winters and all the memories.
Brian Hamilton July 08, 2012 at 11:46 PM
Gloria is now working across the street at Marcos. That's the smartest hire they could ever make. So nice to see her there! Great lunch menu and delicious food.

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