Will 74-Year-Old Bar, Ye Coach & Horses, Be Evicted from its Sunset Boulevard Home?
Inside Ye Coach and Horses | Photo by Zach Behrens/LAist
When a neighborhood establishment is threatened, the story stereotypically is about a proposed condo project or corporate chain taking over. That's not how this one goes.
For 74 years Ye Coach and Horses and served up libations to the locals at its Hollywood location on Sunset Boulevard. By the end of this week, however, lights are expected to be turned off when an eviction goes into effect. Why? It's personal, says the owner 85-year-old Jane Grant. She and the landlord, Samuel French Bookstore, which focuses on theatre, can't get along -- money isn't the issue -- and the resolution was apparently eviction. The bookstore, however, won't comment, only releasing a statement to the LA Times.
"We understand that change in the urban environment can be unsettling," it read, "but it is a fact of life in Los Angeles and elsewhere, and there are circumstances regarding this particular change that we are not at liberty to discuss."
Despite the reality, fans of the classic old-school dive have launched an aggressive online campaign. Hidden LA, the popular Facebook fan page with over 180,000 likes, has been spreading the word, asking people to patronize the bar. The bar itself now also has a Facebook page. Still, as the bar's page states, "we will be serving till the 1st [of August] at the very least."
But not all may be lost. Bar impresarios Sean MacPherson and Jared Meisler (Roger Room, Bar Lubitsch, to name a few), are interested in taking over the place. No agreement has been signed, but the prospect appears to be a reality. "The place has a lot of great history, it means a lot to me," Meisler told Guest of a Guest. "I’m not looking into turn it into something it hasn’t been all these years."