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NoHo's Revived Phil's Diner Already Closed

Phil's Diner on the move in November 2010 (Photo courtesy J.H. Snyder Co.)
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When's Phil's Diner, a neighborhood ol' reliable greasy spoon from the 1920s, was hoisted into its new position on Lankershim Boulevard adjacent to what would become a Laemmle's multiplex, the future looked bright for the restored rail-car restaurant. But last weekend, Phil's Diner redux closed its doors, and the owners are left with a lot of hindsight and debt, according to NoHo Patch.

It took over 10 years for Phil's Diner's owners, Malissa and Casey Hallenbeck, to find a spot for the unique restaurant, and then, they say, they didn't think through the deal they made with the NoHo Commons developer. Looking back, the couple say they wished they'd held their opening for when the Laemmle opened, which happens to be this week. Instead, they cite construction as being a deterrent for customers, along with other mishaps and problems they've encountered in the restaurant's short 8-month run.

The Hallenbecks say the restaurant is turnkey ready, and hope that new owners will come in and get the diner going again.