Larchmont Blvd. grapples with multiple matters

| December 2, 2020 | 0 Comments

VILLAGE PIZZERIA has been serving pizza pies in a colorful atmosphere on Larchmont Boulevard for more than 24 years.

As 2021 approaches, merchants on Larchmont Boulevard continue to defend against challenges.

Village Pizzeria

Steve Cohen, proprietor of Village Pizzeria for 24 years, told the Chronicle that the existing problems in being a merchant on Larchmont are exacerbated by the new pandemic-related regulations.

“With limited staff and the physical, mental and emotional strain this has been, our hours of operation will stay at Wednesday to Sunday, 3-ish to 8-ish. We use our own delivery drivers as well as Postmates, Doordash and GrubHub.”

According to Cohen, customers can either walk up for take-out orders, or they can place orders by phone starting 15 minutes before opening and stopping 15 minutes before closing. Call 323-465-5566 for an updated daily message outlining changes and schedule.

“In my heart I’m passionate, determined and committed; in my head I feel exhausted, frustrated, angry and almost defeated,” Cohen laments.

Outdoor dining suspended

Last month, Los Angeles County public health officials once again suspended all dining at restaurants including at outdoor dining areas provided by the city’s Al Fresco program. Restaurants may currently offer only take-out, drive thru and delivery services. The restriction, which took effect Nov. 25, was said to be in place “at a minimum” for three weeks (perhaps ending Dec. 17).

Lipson building

With scaffolding covering nearly one-third of the property, tenants in the Lipson Building this month are preparing for the inevitable. All tenant leases will end on Dec. 31, and construction is expected to consume the 1920s building in the first weeks of January 2021. Malibu-based real estate investment company Christina Development bought the 17,000-square-foot property in 2018 for $23.5 million.

Owner of Landis Gifts & Stationery Edie Frère told the Chronicle last month that she doesn’t have a new location “yet” but that she has expanded her website and is continuing to take custom stationery orders at Frère notes that if you’re in need of a last-minute holiday gift, she can take orders until Dec. 9 to be delivered by the 23rd.

Vincent De Marco, owner of Vincent Hair Artistry, continues tenant improvement work on his new salon directly across the street from his current location. De Marco said that the work will continue through December with a grand opening for the new salon set for January 2021. Visit

The city’s oldest independent bookstore, Chevalier’s Books, has not yet confirmed details on its next move. Visit

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