Santa Monica’s Breakfast OP Cafe Closes For Good After 42 Years

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (KABC) – Many restaurants have struggled during the pandemic. On Sunday, the popular OP Cafe Breakfast in Santa Monica bid farewell to its patrons after 42 years.

Over the years, the Yellow Bungalow on Ocean Avenue has passed to different owners as it feeds customers.

“The main driver of this concept, because of its location, is the business park across the street and a lot of these businesses have moved and a lot of them are working remotely,” said Matt Spiersch. of OP Cafe.

Without the business park’s foot traffic and the economic impact of the pandemic over the past 18 months, the restaurant has been forced to close.

Longtime customer Ross Everly came one last time on Sunday for a breakfast burrito.

“It’s a little sad. It’s a good metaphor for restaurant closings for everyone over the past 18 months. It’s pretty sad, it shows no signs of stopping,” Everly said.

During the Sunday breakfast rush, other staff members served customers with the same hospitality as usual.

“We take our employees and allocate them among the other properties. So it’s been bittersweet,” Spiersch said.

While the business park was the bread and butter of coffee, its neighbors were its heart.

“It’s sad. We need restaurants, we need businesses,” said Llana Klaz, a resident of Santa Monica. “I know it is difficult with the business park which is not fully operational, a lot of restaurants in Ocean Park have suffered.”

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