Site of Venice West Cafe Now a City Landmark
It was a Beat Generation hangout, with the likes of Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg hanging out there. Today, the old Venice West Cafe--it closed in 1966--is home to Piccolo, an upscale restaurant and now is the site of a city landmark, says the LA Times. The building itself isn't anything to write home about, but city planners said the location had "social and cultural significance." So next time you're walking by 5 Dudley Avenue, right off the Venice Boardwalk, know that it's more than just that.