The Original Pantry Café

 
(1978)* - Original Pantry Café, located at 877 S. Figueroa in Downtown L.A.  

 

Historical Notes

The Original Pantry Cafe is an iconic coffee shop and restaurant in Los Angeles. Located at the corner of 9th and Figueroa in Downtown L.A.'s South Park district, The Pantry (as it is known by locals) claims to never have closed or been without a customer since it opened in 1924, including when it changed locations in 1950 to make room for a freeway off-ramp. It served lunch in the original location and served dinner at the new location the same day. It was, however, closed briefly at the order of health inspectors on November 26, 1997, and reopened the next day.^

 

 

 

 
(1982)* - Original Pantry Café, at 9th & Figueroa Streets, on a Saturday morning with the ever-present line in front.  

 

Historical Notes

The Original Pantry Café is known for serving coleslaw to all patrons in the evening hours, even if they ultimately decide to order breakfast. It claims to serve 90 tons of bread (or 461 loaves per day) and 10.5 tons (20,000-tree harvest) of coffee per year.^

 

 

 

 
(1985)* - The Original Pantry Café, as seen from the parking lot across the street, off 9th Street.  

 

Historical Notes

The wait staff, and even the cook, were known for wearing impeccably starched white dress shirts with black bow ties.

 

 

 

 
(2011)^ - View showing The Original Pantry Café, N/W corner of 9th & Figueroa Streets, on a Saturday morning with the ever-present line in front.  

 

Historical Notes

The restaurant is currently owned by former Los Angeles mayor Richard Riordan and has served many celebrities and politicians.

 

 

 

 
(2021)^ - Night view showing a man standing in front of the entrance to The Original Pantry Café, N/W corner of 9th & Figueroa Streets. Photo courtesy of Don Saban  

 

Historical Notes

In 1982, The Original Pantry was designated LA Historic-Cultural Monument No. 255 (Click HERE to see complete listing).

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