Category Archives: Abbot Kinney Blvd

Joe’s Announces it’s time to Go


In a heartfelt email message to those on the Joe’s Restaurant mailing list, Chef Joseph Miller announced today that that yet another of Venice’s OG’s will be departing Abbot Kinney Blvd.

Goodbye Letter from Joe's Abbot Kinney

With this Valentine’s Day being  last day of business at Joe’s Restaurant there is sure to be a whole lotta love pouring out to the place that has been on Abbot Kinney for almost a quarter of a century.

Tonight  La Fiesta Brava on Rose Ave., will host a their last farewell, and Roosterfish announced this week that they, just like Hal’s and now Joe’s, will soon be ending their run on Abbot Kinney.

Many locals have been left reeling over the news  that more and more Venice institutions are closing their doors.

Last Call at Roosterfish


It’s the oldest continually running gay bar in Los Angeles but that run is set to end. In May this year Roosterfish will call last drinks for the last time, shutting the doors forever to the iconic aqua bar at 1302 Abbot Kinney Blvd.

“There’s a lotta history in here,” says Seth who works at the bar, “and until we close in May we’re going to give it a good more 3 months.” Last night, Seth says, the bar was packed.

Frontiers Media reported that the impending closure of Roosterfish was yet another blow to L.A.’s gay nightlife. In November last year  Circus Disco shut it’s doors. Not to be forgotten, the apartment complex planned for the site will incorporate elements of the historic club into it’s decor.

For now though Roosterfish will continue business as usual so, “come have drinks with us before we go,” says Seth.


PHOTOS: 6th Annual Abbot Kinney Holiday Stroll & Snow Day

Check out highlights from a wonderful winter time was had by more than 1,000 revelers at the annual Abbot Kinney holiday stroll and snow day on Sunday, Dec. 13.

Next to the snow hill with sled runs was  Santa Claus  listening attentively to the wishes of children.  There was also a drawing for a huge shopping spree, a raffle with over $3,000 in prizes, an Instagram scavenger hunt, carolers, elves, face painting, holiday crafts and the choir from Hamilton High School.

This event was 100 percent paid for by the Abbot Kinney Merchant Committee as a thank you to the local community.

Photos courtesy!

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Blankets Wanted for Shelter Dogs


Help shelter dogs stay warm this winter.

Venice residents can drop off their gently used and no longer FullSizeRender-25needed blankets, towels, and dog beds in a special donation box at Bulldog Realtors, 1209 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice.

All donations will be collected during business hours from now until the end of December. After this the towels, blankets, and dog beds will be given local LA city and county shelters, as well as dog rescue groups.

My First Paper
Tricka the Terrier says, “Yo Venice, give us your blankets!”


The Great Bear Rainforest opens today in Venice

The G2 Gallery in Venice is getting ready for the premiere of ‘The Great Bear Rainforest’ on Tuesday, Nov. 17, for a new collection of photographs from popular Los Angeles-based artist Jennifer MaHarry that includes images of the rare, white-coated “spirit bear.”

‘The Great Bear Rainforest’ is MaHarry’s sixth solo exhibition at G2.

Each of her shows has focused on intimate personification of a certain group of animals – horses, birds of prey, shelter pets, wolves and now, creatures from one of the largest remaining tracts of unspoiled temperate rainforest in the world.

Photographs of cougars, wolves, grizzly bears, and the elusive white “spirit bear” will be on display in MaHarry’s characteristic style.

Located on the British Columbia Coast between Vancouver Island and Southeast Alaska, the Great Bear Rainforest became well known in 1997 after a coalition of environmental organizations gave the region its current evocative moniker.

This new name, along with a broad conservation campaign, worked; it led to 3.5 million of the forest’s 7.7 million acres receiving government protections and constant expansion of logging-prohibited areas.

Great Bear has been in the news for its wolf culls, which have been decried by various celebrities, including Miley Cyrus, who visited the rainforest in September. Like Cyrus, MaHarry took a First Nation-led tour of the area in October 2015.

“It was always a dream of mine to go to the Great Bear Rainforest and photograph the rich wildlife there,” says MaHarry. “The trip was such a great opportunity to witness life unaffected by people.”

The opening reception for ‘The Great Bear Rainforest,’ along with ‘Emerging VIII’ and ‘Friend or Fo-to,’ will be held on Nov. 21 from 6:30 to 9 pm. Admission is $10 at the door and includes wine, hors d’oeuvres and complimentary valet in front of the gallery.

All proceeds from admissions will be donated to several nonprofit organizations, including The Bay Foundation, InterTribal Sinkyone Wilderness Council, Greenpeace and Western National Parks Association. RSVP to

The G2 Gallery is located at 1503 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. For more information, call 310.452.2842 or visit