Restaurant Studio City

Beloved Studio City Landmark, Du-par’s, is Closing

The clock striking midnight on New Year’s Eve is typically a call for celebration. Sadly, that’s the time when Du-par’s, a 24/7 beacon for family-friendly comfort food, is closing their beloved Studio City location. Du-par’s has thrived on the Blvd. since 1948, hosting generations of locals looking for hearty plates and nostalgia. Owner Biff Naylor […]

The clock striking midnight on New Year’s Eve is typically a call for celebration. Sadly, that’s the time when Du-par’s, a 24/7 beacon for family-friendly comfort food, is closing their beloved Studio City location.

Du-par’s has thrived on the Blvd. since 1948, hosting generations of locals looking for hearty plates and nostalgia. Owner Biff Naylor (since 2004) has said that a rent increase is prompting the closure. This closure is part of a trend that’s seen steady attrition as L.A.’s real estate market spirals upwards. With monthly rents spiking, California’s minimum wage rising to $15/hour, and many restaurateurs decrying a reliable labor shortage, Du-par’s may be part of an ongoing restaurant reckoning.

Who can afford to pay higher rents? Chains often have deeper pockets, but as McDonald’s recent Studio City closure shows, even multi-national companies are not exempt. Du-par’s Studio City location will soon be home to Sephora, the chain cosmetics company.

Du-par’s still runs three locations where you can satisfy your buttermilk pancake, patty melt, and pie cravings: The Original Farmers Market, Pasadena, and Las Vegas.

In the meantime, Biff hopes to resurface somewhere else in the Valley – pulling off a comeback much like fellow stalwart Stanley’s did this past year.

More Stories
Homes

Home on the Ranch

A family of four trades the vistas of the Hollywood Hills for an idyllic lifestyle in exclusive Fryman Canyon.

Rock of Ages

Rocks carved by the millennia anchor the northwest corner of the San Fernando Valley.
A visit to Stoney Point Park reveals 10 views of a suburban legend.

Eat & Drink

José Andrés and Umami, Warren’s Blackboard Brunch and Pedalers Fork Wine Dinner

Umami Burger is launching its next “Artist Series” today in collaboration with renowned Spanish-American chef, José Andrés (The Bazaar) with a special burger and select tapas menu.  The burger consists of a pork and prosciutto patty on a Umami Burger bun, topped with a piquillo pepper confit, caramelized onion, and Manchego cheese ($15). One dollar from […]