It seems like every block in LA has a vacant store front or abandoned foreclosure home these days, and while I don’t mourn the passing of Linens ‘n Things or even the 7th and Fig Macy’s (blogdowntown has details), I am sad about the closing of Le Marmiton on Montana. A light continental bite at Le Marmiton followed by a movie across the street at the Aero (1328 Montana Avenue) has been one of Santa Monica’s best one-two-punch dates in my book. Zagat says Le Marmiton opened in 1974. Apparently it closed in November. No more onion soup or fruit tarts. C’est tragique.
Happily the Aero is still going strong and was, in fact, quite sold out last night for The Baader-Meinhof Complex, a film that I heartily recommend though I’m not certain it even has a US distributor yet. More on the movie after the jump. Continue reading Recession Watch 2009: Le Marmiton in Santa Monica Closed