Excitement ran through Larchmont on January 10th when the small Mexican restaurant chain Pinches Tacos revealed it was on track to open a location in the space of La Bottega Marino by mid-February 2013.
On January 17th, however, Larchmont LA discovered that the City had issued in December 2012 an Order to Comply to the property owner of 203 N. Larchmont demanding that chairs be removed from La Bottega Marino. After the Pinches Tacos group learned of this complication, their counsel set up a meeting with Councilman Tom LaBonge, who is in charge of explaining land use in the area. By January 23rd, Pinches Tacos realized it would be unable to easily obtain a permit for tables and chairs in the location, and therefore decided to put on hold plans to open on Larchmont.
Location: north of 1st street, just south of Beverly Boulevard
West side of street, next to Chocoholics
History: La Bottega Marino opened on Larchmont in January 2000.
UPDATE: La Bottega Marino on Larchmont finally closed in February 2013.