Friday, June 03, 2011

"nouveau-Japanese night life"

A preserved specimen of nouveau-Japanese night life from the 1980s, Dinner House M sits on a forgotten stretch of Temple Street overlooking the 101 Freeway, a holdover from a time when Japanese investments and hard-drinking travelers flooded downtown L.A. In the last few years, it found new life as a beloved clubhouse for Echo Park's burgeoning artistic avant-garde and also earned a reputation for being one of the most legendary after-hours bars in L.A.

It has become such a late-night institution that the recent announcement that Dinner House M would close dismayed the local music and night life scene. According to the Los Angeles Police Department and the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, the club is losing its license on June 9 for multiple citations of serving after 2 a.m.

Wednesday will be Dinner House M's last day.

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