(Flickr pic by Clearlight1971.)
Just got some concerning news in our Franklin Avenue mailbox: Legendary Hollywood watering hole Ye Coach and Horses is in trouble.
According to the bar's press release:
Ye Coach and Horses has lost its lease and is being evicted thanks to the owner of Samuel French Bookstore who owns the property. After 74 YEARS as a Hollywood nightlife institution, the bar will be forced out at the end of the month.
At this time, the owner and management of the bar is locked in a legal fight with Samuel French over an eviction notice served on July 1st.
So many celebrities of film, television and music have called Coach and Horses home over the past seven decades including Alfred Hitchcock, Richard Burton, Richard Harris, Peter O'Toole, Kiefer Sutherland, Kevin Spacey, James Gandolfini, Quentin Tarantino, Drew Barrymore, Michael Keaton and Alicia Silverstone. It would a shame
and a travesty to let this establishment slip away without a fight.
I don't know the ins and outs of the battle between Ye Coach and Horses vs. its landlord... but I do know that it would be criminal to see a business that had been in operation since 1937 go away. There are too few L.A. establishments left from that time... so we need to preserve the ones that remain.
The bar is planning a "Support the Coach" party later this month; details to come.