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Published on February 21, 2024
Acclaimed West Hollywood Steakhouse Charcoal Sunset Closes Amid Economic StrugglesSource: Instagram/charcoalrestaurants

High-end eatery Charcoal Sunset has unexpectedly shut its doors for good. The West Hollywood steakhouse, a shiny new venture by acclaimed chef Josiah Citrin, called it quits on Saturday, less than a year after it served its first dinner. The ambitious establishment, which catered to meat and seafood enthusiasts with dishes like an Angus porterhouse and grilled loup de mer, was seated in a prime location next to famous haunts such as the Whiskey a Go Go and Rainbow Bar & Grill. Yet, despite its glamorous Strip-side spot, Charcoal Sunset couldn't outlast the economic turmoil it faced.

Citrin expressed his distress over the closure, "After delays and extreme changes to the cost of doing business over the last couple of years, especially in West Hollywood, it is a real bummer, to say the least, that we had to make the difficult decision to suspend operations at Charcoal Sunset." This sentiment underscores the harsh realities many restaurateurs in the area are facing amidst fluctuating market conditions, according to Eater Los Angeles.

The abrupt cessation of service has surely left a hole in the local dining scene as the 320-seat restaurant was not just a place to indulge in high-quality fare but also a vibrant addition to the Strip's landscape. Renowned for its upscale surf-and-turf options, Charcoal Sunset had swiftly garnered a foodie following. Yet, such popularity wasn't sufficient to mitigate the impact of the economic headwinds that led to its downfall, as per Eater Los Angeles.

While this marks the end of a chapter for Charcoal in West Hollywood, Citrin's culinary prowess remains accessible to fans. The original Charcoal in Venice continues to operate, allowing patrons to experience Citrin's acclaimed cooking. Despite the setback, the closure of a single location doesn't spell the end for Citrin’s gastronomic empire, with the Venice outpost standing as a testament to his enduring food philosophy.