LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — On a day when America celebrates its beginnings, one of the Southland’s most celebrated taverns is calling it quits.
Just hours before Fourth of July celebrations got underway, Tom Bergin’s Tavern at 840 S. Fairfax Avenue announced it would be closing its doors for good on Sunday.
The pub posted the following announcement Wednesday evening on Facebook: “We are sorry to let everyone know that this Sunday will be Tom Bergin’s last day of business. Please join us in our last few days; we’d love to see as many familiar faces as possible.”
No reason was given for the abrupt closure, but according to a Los Angeles Times report, an unidentified employee attributed the decision to a “lack of sales”.
Since opening in 1936, Tom Bergin’s made a name for itself with its signature mix of Irish coffees and pints of Guinness on draft followed by generous helpings of its corned beef and cabbage plate.
Bergin’s was frequently named among the city’s most familiar whiskey haunts and was even ranked number one on L.A. Weekly’s list of “Top 10 Miracle Mile Bars” back in April.
Reaction from regular patrons to the closure ranged from shock to outrage.
“Awful. How did the new owners screw up a place thats been around so long my dad went to when he was younger than me?” commented one fan on Facebook.
“Shocked by this, how does an establishment that’s been there for decades collapse in a year?” another patron said.