Last week, the Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission voted for the Westlake Pacific Dining Car to be recognized as a historic-cultural monument. After being around for decades, the vote was the first step in ensuring the iconic restaurant is granted this honor.
This famous landmark restaurant has been featured in many films such as 2001’s crime drama “Training Day,” the 1974 noir classic “Chinatown,” and even notable TV shows such as Showtime’s “Shameless.” It’s also been owned by the same family and passed down four generations. Currently, it is owned by Wes Idol III, the grandson of the founders. With its range of history, it’s clear why it is essential to uphold its legacy.
On Pacific Dining Car’s site, they point out their significance by stating, “[We have] been a 24-hour sanctuary for the literary and entertainment world, and a bridge between many vibrant L.A. communities. Known as much for making deals as for making memories, it has been a place for business functions and family celebrations for around 100 years.”
After being untouched for years, the steakhouse has been closed and auctioned with no clear details on reopening.
Last Thursday, the Pacific Dining Car shared on their Instagram, “The outcome of the Cultural Heritage Commission meeting yesterday was that Pacific Dining Car’s original building and kitchen were recommended for HCM status. We’re excited that progress is being made towards the preservation of our family’s legacy.”
According to Spectrum News, the vote to grant Pacific Dining Car monument status has passed the L.A. Commission round, and is now up to the Los Angeles City Council for final approval. There are no full details as to when it will reopen or if it will even still be a restaurant, but as for now, Angeleons can find comfort in knowing that Pacific Dining Car is being recognized as the staple it is.
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