Ye Coach & Horses: Where's Quentin Tarantino when you need him?
Ye Coach & Horses, the Sunset Boulevard juke joint near Curson Avenue that has been in business for more than 70 years, is being evicted by its landlord and neighbor, Samuel French bookstore. The eviction notice, which was delivered July 1 and requires that the tenant be out by Aug. 1, has sparked a passionate online campaign to save the little trapped-in-amber dive bar.
As with most stories in Hollywood, the tale of the bar's impending closure involves the cult of celebrity, the fickle winds of fate, the city's oft-lamented historical amnesia and a liberal dose of alcohol-fueled hedonism.
That and the classic plot line known as reinvention. If the bar's owner, 85-year-old Jane Grant, can't settle her differences with the landlords — no reason was given for the eviction, but Grant, who has a reputation for being irascible, says the conflict is personal in nature — then two savvy modern bar owners have a strong interest in taking the place over and keeping it exactly as it is.
"I love the Coach & Horses. I literally lived three blocks from it and have been going there since high school," says Jared Meisler, who along with Sean MacPherson, runs the dapper speakeasy-style Roger Room on La Cienega Boulevard. Meisler says that he has been in touch with the landlords but that no papers have been signed. "Ultimately I want to see the Coach & Horses where it is and what it is, but maybe with a credit card machine and clean bathrooms."
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