To the surprise of not just many, but most, Cher Octavio Becerra's cult favorite Palate Food + Wine in Glendale closed suddenly late last week - so suddenly, that the employees apparently had no idea it was closing, and showed up for work to find...no place to work.
This is far from the first time this has happened. A couple of years ago, employees of Bastide (including the executive chef) arrived at the restaurant to find the front door padlocked. The two branches of LA Food Show also closed with surprising suddenness - first the branch in Beverly Hills, and then more recently, the original in Manhattan Beach.
Which makes us thankful for those restaurateurs who have given us enough heads-up to make a last visit to say goodbye. Just in case you missed news of a number of notable recent closings, the list includes Aunt Kizzy's, Cobras & Matadors, Elements Kitchen, Lou, Mr. Cecil's, Osaka, Pinot Bistro, Rose, Sushi Nozawa and The Tar Pit.