Mud Hen Tavern on Highland Avenue will close in October, reported Eater LA this week. According to the story, staff was notified this week of the closure of the three year old restaurant, which started out as Street, founded by Susan Feniger (chef, writer, TV personality, just to name a few), who has been serving iconic LA food for more than 30 years with her partner Mary Sue Miliken. Their first venture, City Cafe opened on La Brea in 1981, a lifetime ago in the LA restaurant scene. This writer also has many of Feniger’s cookbooks, including City Cafe, one of the earliest.
Here’s a direct statement from Mud Hen Tavern:
To our loyal Mud Hen family, It is a time of change…. We are sad to announce that Mud Hen Tavern will be welcoming its last guests on Oct. 11, 2016. It has been an amazing experience and we are so grateful to all of our loyal Mud Hen customers and team who have been along on this journey with us since opening this location in 2009, first as STREET and then as Mud Hen Tavern. Over the years we have seen so many changes on the culinary front: from the craze of Kaya Toast, to the Chicken and Waffle Croquettes, to the Cauliflower Popcorn, to the opening of take-out counter Blue Window. But we can’t do it all, and there are new things on the horizon! In this ever-changing restaurant world, in order to welcome new growth we must sometimes let go of the beloved and familiar.
Susan and Kajsa’s Blue Window will continue in the Virgin Terminal of LAX as well as a new location coming in November. Keep an eye out for pop ups around the city, because this isn’t the end, it’s the beginning.
We will miss all of you and your vibrant, warm energy. We’ll miss the welcoming neighborhood and everyday locals that come through our doors. But do come by before October 11 and raise a glass and say farewell! We’ll be serving all of your favorites – and of course, the whiskey, cocktails and beer will be flowing! Thank you for all your support. Let’s not say goodbye-we’ll just say see you soon!
Having just had dinner there last weekend, I can say, Mud Hen Tavern will be missed. But, it will be nice to welcome them back in a new space – hopefully soon!