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Goodbye to a Dear Friend, Tony Nassimi

The Sunset Strip community mourns the loss of Tony Nassimi, owner of Terner's Liquor on Sunset Boulevard for over two decades.

This weekend, the Sunset Strip lost one its most beloved personalities with the passing of Tony Nassimi, the owner and operator of for more than 30 years. Nassimi, whose landmark store served as the proverbial “well in the center of town,” was a Strip staple that locals, visiting bands and club-goers would stop in to visit, regardless of whether they had provisions to purchase.

Tuesday morning, as news of Nassimi’s sudden passing finally broke, word rapidly disseminated on Facebook, as stories and condolences were posted and shared by dozens of friends, patrons and members of the Sunset Strip community. Even former locals who had long since moved away contributed their own memories of times spent with “Tony of Terner’s.” 

Nassimi’s passing particularly affected the staff of the neighboring , who have long considered the corner store a literal and figurative extension of the club. During a staff meeting, Viper employees shared memories of their dear friend, whom they had become accustomed to chatting with on a nightly basis. Calls also poured into the Viper offices from “generations” of former staff seeking confirmation of the sad news.

A genuine pillar of the community, it was not uncommon for Nassimi to lend out money to acquaintances in dire straits, keep tabs/extend credit to those who couldn’t immediately afford to pay, and dole out treats to any canine friends that came to visit. Even rock stars like Sebastian Bach, Slash (who at one point worked at Terner’s), the Runaways, the Go-Go’s and Joan Jett (who presented Terner’s with a framed gold record) would regularly stop in to pay their respects to “the man” when playing a nearby gig.

On a personal note, Tony Nassimi kept me employed and afloat during my own desperate financial times, setting me on a path that has brought me to where I am today, and for that I will always be thankful.

Monday's regular City Council meeting will be adjourned in honor of Tony Nassimi, and his family will receive a certificate of acknowledgment.

Jerome Cleary November 02, 2011 at 11:30 PM
Tony was a really great guy and friend of the neighborhood and he will really be missed. He loved playing with my dog Zach and giving him a beef jerky treat.
Jerome Cleary November 03, 2011 at 12:02 AM
Wendy, I know you would find this hard to believe but that store Tony ran sells food items too and well Tony was a good guy and friend to many people in our community.
he knows it November 03, 2011 at 02:00 PM
This man was always very friendly to us. Can I leave a comment without being branded as an alcoholic? Google RADMO and learn what life is like in weho when a 25 yr long friend steals $800 from you after you supported this guy when he had a loss of a job and homeless. God bless America-huh.
Rick November 04, 2011 at 09:31 AM
RIP Tony. 20yrs in the Hollywood Hills. You will always be loved and missed, Thank You for making this world a better place. Your friends and neighbors.
Earl Skakel November 07, 2011 at 03:59 AM
He was always nice to me and my many dogs through the years. I must have seen him his last night there and I'm sad for his family and all the employees there as they are a pretty tight crew there.

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