Ed’s Coffee Shop, a West Hollywood Icon, Is Closing in August

 

There has been a lot of talk about the evolution of the Sunset Strip and West Hollywood’s Boystown. Now the planned closing in August of Ed’s Coffee Shop, a diner that is an iconic institution in the West Hollywood Design District, is likely to bring attention to the changes there.

Ada Blumstein confirmed to WEHOville today that she will be closing Ed’s, with Aug. 25 likely to be the last day. Ed’s, located at 460 N. Robertson Blvd. south of Melrose, has long been known as a breakfast and lunch spot for residents of the West Hollywood West neighborhood. It also has served celebrities such as Kim Kardashian and Richard Chamberlain, who sit at the simple tables or the counter with the locals to enjoy the tasty and down-to-earth meals.

Ada Blumstein (Photo by David Vaughn)

Ed’s Coffee Shop opened in October 1960, making it one of the longest-running restaurants in West Hollywood. Blumstein’s father, Ed Blumstein, and his wife, Sybil, had noticed a restaurant for sale on Robertson Boulevard shortly after moving from Montreal in 1960 and quickly bought it. Ed Blumstein died in 1995 and Ada Blumstein has been running the restaurant for nearly 30 years.

Blumstein said her decision to close Ed’s is “a dollars and cents thing.” She said Ed’s rent hasn’t been an issue, but the decline in customers has. “Over the last year and a half we’ve watched our client base shrink, with people moving out of the neighborhood. They can’t afford the rent any more. If they’re home owners they’re selling and moving to Palm Springs.”

Blumstein has seen the area evolve continually over the decades. In a story in West Hollywood Magazine in 2015, Blumstein said that where once her customers were mostly in the interior design business, now more and more are from the entertainment business or people who live nearby.

“It was all strictly interior design then, a lot of antique shops, wallpaper, carpeting” Blumstein said. “In the late Eighties and early Nineties we started getting a lot of art galleries around. Then the rents started going up. A lot of the interior design businesses moved to the PDC (Pacific Design Center). ”

Ed’s Coffee Shop interior (Photo by David Vaughn)

Blumstein started working at Ed’s when she was in her teens. At that time, she said in the 2015 story, “this was strictly a gay neighborhood. Now there are more and more straight people. Sometimes on Saturdays it’s like a pre-school with a dog park.”

Blumstein said another factor is an apparent decline in going out for breakfast. More and more, she said, people just head to Starbucks for a latte to start their day.

Ed’s diners likely will miss the long-time staffers. One of them, Danny Munoz, who became a server at Ed’s 30 years ago, died last summer. While many knew him only as a very friendly waiter, Munoz also was president of the Associated Historical Society of Los Angeles County and co-founder of the Echo Park Historical Society. And there’s Jesus Rangel, who’s been working the grill for about 30 years. Rangel sometimes will personally serve the day’s special dish directly to the table of his favorite customers. Alberto Guzman, known as Choco, is another veteran. He is the one-man delivery department and soup cook who knows every house and business address in the neighborhood. Rangel’s son Junior, as his name suggests, is the newest member of the Ed’s family.


23 Comments
  1. OMG, I’m so sorry to hear this. Where will I now go when in town? Food and customer service always consistent. THE BEST !!

  2. I love little neighborhood coffee shops but this one was in need of a little refresher. Perhaps if they spend just a little money on fixing the place up a bit, it would have brought in new customers. Wishing them all the best.

  3. Sad to see a local landmark like Ed’s go out of business. Times change, sometimes not for the better…

  4. Eating at Ed’s is like having lunch at a friend’s house,
    comfortable and relaxed.
    Ed’s is a neighborhood jewel.
    Ed’s is unpretentious, honest and I guess an anachronism.
    Ed’s and all the wonderful people working there will be missed.

  5. Memory jog – Where Cecconi’s now resides once sat a nondescrpt diner and a gas station. Ed’s was the oasis then. On the corner of Dorrington and Robertson, before David Jones remodeled the building, was a small eatery called Mildred Pierce (after the movie of the same name) which served only great soups and sandwiches. Ed’s had better variety and chairs. When Ed’s goes there will be nothing like it anywhere in West Hollywood, as far as I know.

  6. Eds is the best place in town for breakfast and lunch… and will be missed. Sad to many that we wont be able to say.. ‘lets meet at Ed’s’ after August but see you there today!

  7. Late yesterday afternoon, on a stroll with out of town friends, I paused outside Ed’s to tell them that this little place was an important element in both our neighborhood and in the general social life of the west side. From my initial visit there, probably forty years ago, it has been the place “to see and be seen” in West Hollywood. During the past few years it has been the only place to which I could still waddle with some ease. Will miss you, Ada. Chasing change, d*****mit!

  8. I have been coming to this coffee shop since the 1980s when I lived down the street on Dorrington between Robertson and San Vicente.. Danny Munoz was a waiter here until his passing last summer Danny became a good friend and he never asked me what I wanted to order because everybody here knew that I always order the same thing -their delicious turkey quesadillas!! So today you can imagine my surprise when Ada and Junior both confirmed Ed’s will be closing their doors in August ..what am I gonna do without my turkey quesadillas!! I immediately struck up a conversation with a couple of nearby customers who were also disturbed by the news, it was Larry Kasdan and his wife. Larry became the famous writer of three of the most popular movies in history, “The Empire Strikes Back,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and “Return of the Jedi,” and the director-writer of “Body Heat,” “The Big Chill” and many other Motion pictures we are sad to hear this news today, So I got on the phone and contacted Wehoville editor to see if he would be interested in writing the story. It looks like he was..BOY are we going to miss Ed’s coffee shop and all the staff this has always been one of my favorite places!!

  9. This is very sad news.

    Ed’s has been a quintessential neighborhood gathering spot and Ada has always been tremendously generous to our community……..Irreplaceable.

  10. This article sadly tells us a great deal about the reality of West Hollywood. It has lost its human touch in its $$$$race to the bottom.

  11. It’s tragic to see the only places in the Great City of West Hollywood to enjoy the Popular Muslim Creation of Coffee might be limited to corporate chains. The whole social atmosphere is one I enjoy when passing out flyers and progressive newspapers or organizing political events after bringing attention to important issues. Though I found that the patrons of the smaller locally owned coffee shops like “Ed’s Coffee Shop” were more likely to ignore me, the management was less likely to throw me out after I resorted to “Nir Zilberman” tactics to gain everyone’s attention, as opposed to the corporate chain coffee shops that have at times threatened to completely 86 me!

    Now the food at Ed’s Coffee Shop is way better than Starbucks and, that will be missed but, Starbucks is an endless supply of Social and Political issues to rally around.

  12. It sad watching our wonderful “little” hood disappear. Bigger buildings, gentrification, crazy rents, it’s all happening to fast and to what end? Santa Barbara never posts it’s small town vibe or it’s residents but we are faster and faster

    1. It’s a terrible thing, yes. I’ve had to see the same thing happen in NYC. Now Manhattan is a big bland nothing compared to what it was.

    2. Don’t be discouraged so easily fellow Cal State LA Grad! The rich and powerful may be able to build their mega structures but, we can make sure that they do so conditionally without displacing residents and creating poverty and homelessness. Development should come at a price of higher minimum wages, affordable housing and, public interests protections.

      1. let’s do it right and make a law that developers pay a permanent fee, like 25% of their profits for lives, to all the people in WeHo, including Cy, for allowing them the “privilege” of building ANYTHING in the city where Cy most likely lives in a rent controlled apartment 50% below market, hence OUR city. Let’s create a Developer Profits Board of 5 of our out- of-work friends who went to law school, vote just like us, arent doing well in the private sector as lawyers or white collar professionals, and pay them $175 an hour to meet and ensure the developers are paying their new taxes.

        And let’s write another law saying all employers who offer jobs in WeHo have to go before a board every year and justify why they are not paying their employees more.

        let’s staff the board with 5 more of our white collar allies who aren’t making a good enough living in the private sector, pay them an average of $200,000 a year, + lifetime pensions after 20 years of service, allow them to form a 5 person union, and then make all the businesses pay an annual tax totaling $1million to cover these new salaries & pensions, and have the “Living Wages Control Board” meet with the businesses annually to ensure that WeHo businesses pay their people more than a living wage. if they don’t let’s fine them and use the money to hire even more staff on the Living Wages Control Board to regulate the businesses.

        what do you think?

        1. In your comedic sarcasm, you may have stumbled upon the cure to save the world from the inherent failures of capitalism! Shame you fear using your real name! A few points to be made:

          Workers’ wages fall after passage of GOP tax cuts!
          Trump’s corporate tax cut hasn’t benefited workers like he said it would.

          Federal tax cuts won’t boost workers’ wages — here’s why

          Corporate Tax Cuts Don’t Create Jobs, They ONLY Enrich CEOs
          A new study provides galling examples of this trend.

          Perhaps you might find a Nobel Prize winning Economist more convincing than myself?

          Why Tax Cuts for the Rich Solve Nothing by Joseph E. Stiglitz

          If you bother looking at the given links, they make a credible argument that the current “business knows best” approach is NOT working and never will. As to my apartment, it’s well below 25% market or I would be writing this from a coffee shop and camping out! When it comes to my friends who finished Law School including 2 of my younger sisters, it’s ONLY me that’s ever been unemployed and, you couldn’t get any of them to even do legal aid for only $175/hr! Note that many routinely work pro bono helping others in need and, pester me for NOT completing Law School! From your own citations from Transparent California, $200,000 a year for an Executive City Management position would be less than what is being paid now, so the only person who might show interest in the position would be me!

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