In an announcement that caught its regulars and the business community of WeHo off guard, Café D’Etoile, the beloved French-American restaurant located on Santa Monica Blvd said via a Facebook Post Monday evening that it is shutting down forever.
Tom Doherty, D’Etoile’s owner wrote:
“With a very heavy heart, we are sorry to announce that after 36 years we are closing our doors. With rising costs from food, drinks and labor, it is no longer financially viable to remain open.
We want to thank all of our customers throughout the years that have stood by us through thick and thin. We could not have done it without you. We also can’t leave out our amazing staff that put in so much to keep it going and to make the Café such an iconic place to visit in West Hollywood. We wish [them] the best and know that they will do well wherever they go,” the statement said.
“We hope that whatever replaces Café D’Etoile in the future can not only live up to our customers expectations, but can exceed them. Thank you EVERYONE! We love you all and we will always remember the great times we all shared together over the years!
From the staff, the family, of Café D’Etoile”
“It was a great part of history and I was proud to be a part of a great legacy of the city’s,” Doherty told the WEHO TIMES in a subsequent interview Wednesday. “The staff deserves great credit for carrying the business through so many years of fine memories.”
The restaurant had been a destination since the middle of the 1980’s and was well regarded by Angelenos for not only its cuisine but the atmosphere and neighborhood almost a home kitchen feel that Doherty and his staff were noted for.
Tributes flowed onto the restaurant’s Facebook page including one from WeHo resident and famed novelist Christopher Rice, “I’m just devastated to hear this. Cafe D’Etoile will always occupy a special place in my heart. So many wonderful birthday and anniversary celebrations, and so many dates. You all ran a wonderful operation with consistently great food and great service. This is a real loss for the city and the community.”