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.


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Cleveland Farlough
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Cleveland Farlough

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

JJ
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JJ

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.

RobbyDobby
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RobbyDobby

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

Richard K.
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Richard K.

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.

carleton cronin
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carleton cronin

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.

Larry Block
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Larry Block

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!

michael Z
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michael Z

Ed’s closing…..Trump is President…..
Wake me from this nightmare..

carleton cronin
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carleton cronin

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!

Viv Romer
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Viv Romer

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… Read more »

Manny
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Manny

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.

Race to The Bottom
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Race to The Bottom

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.

Cy Husain
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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… Read more »