It should be of no surprise to readers of this blog and SFV residents that every year we are confronted with the closure of popular and famous hangouts mostly due to a lack of economic viability. The SFV almost lost two of its historic state parks, Los Encinos State Historic Park in Encino and the Santa Susana Pass State Historic Park in Chatsworth which were fortunately saved this past year. Below are a list of notable SFV sites set to close at the end of this year or have already closed in 2012. Its possible that I may have missed some sites, so please let me know and I will update accordingly.
|Phil's Diner in North Hollywood. Image courtesy NoHo-Tolcua Lake Patch|
|JC Penny's in San Fernando Mall|
|Hostess Bakery in Chatsworth. This closure was part of a bankruptcy filing of the entire company so all Hostess sites across the country were shut down.|
|Henry's Tacos in Studio City. Lease has been extended to January 10, 2013 with a new lease currently in negotiation so it may stay in business. Image courtesy LA Daily News|
|Sierra's Mission Burrito in Canoga Park. Image courtesy Delta Bravo Urban Exploration Facebook|
|Family Fun Arcade in Granada Hills. Image courtesy Yelp|
|Commonwealth Savings Building in North Hollywood. Designed by Gerald Bense in 1961. Image courtesy Craig Clough/NoHo-Toluca Lake Patch|
However, usually the closure of one site means something new is on the way to replace it some form or another like the much anticipated and dreaded The Village at Westfield Topanga or the former Valley Music Theatre site turned residential apartments.