If this isn’t a reminder to support your local vegan restaurants, we don’t know what is.
Here’s a list of the most recent Los Angeles vegan restaurant closures.
West LA’s vegan pizza restaurant, Double Zero, shut down last month to many customers’ surprise. The restaurant, led by Matthew Kenney, first shared a post on Instagram to make the announcement, but it was quickly deleted. No further information has been provided to the public.
Another one of Matthew Kenney’s Los Angeles vegan restaurants closed last month—Plant Food + Wine in Venice. The reason for the shutdown is unclear, but the restaurant has since opened up under the same name inside the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills.
The Los Angeles vegan scene got a triple whammy of Matthew Kenney restaurant closures this summer. Positioned in the Downtown Culver City area, vegan pasta bar Sestina has shuttered. The nearest vegan restaurants for locals are now Monty’s Good Burger, The Grain Cafe, and Hey Sunshine Kitchen.
The vegan fast-casual restaurant chain shut the doors to many of its Los Angeles area locations. While a full list of closures has yet to be released, we know the Downtown LA, Fairfax, West Hollywood, and Westlake Village Veggie Grill locations are affected.
Junkyard Dog, a vegan sports bar that opened in Silver Lake last October, suddenly closed this summer with less than a week’s notice given to its staff. The only other plant-based sports bar destination in the city is now Wolfie’s in Highland Park.
Once the most dominant vegan chain in California, Native Foods Cafe no longer has a presence in Los Angeles. Their final restaurant in the city, located in Westwood, closed its doors this year. The only remaining locations in the state include Palm Springs and San Diego.
The latest and perhaps most heartbreaking recent closure is Kusaki. The one-of-a-kind vegan omakase bar and sushi bar debuted in West LA this January. Not even a year into operations, Kusaki announced plans to close after this weekend via Instagram.
Although it’s sad to say farewell to these beloved spots, please help us welcome and support LA’s new plant-based restaurants.