Irwin Held, former Barney’s Beanery owner, dies at 87

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Irwin Held, who owned West Hollywood’s Barney’s Beanery for decades, has died. He was 87.

Held died Monday at his Hollywood Hills home from natural causes, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Held took over the local watering hole in 1970, two years after the original Barney’s owner died. At the time, it was already known as a celebrity hot spot, drawing stars such as Steve McQueen, Jim Morrison and Janis Joplin.

Held also made headlines for refusing to remove a sign featuring an anti-gay slogan posted by the original owner.

A year after West Hollywood incorporated, Held finally removed the sign. He sold Barney’s in the late 1990s.

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Linda S.
Linda S.
9 years ago

I worked for the man, cant say enough about his hidden heart and its innumerable kindnesses that he let NO one see…God Bless You Irwin…

ray gange
ray gange
8 months ago
Reply to  Linda S.

in the early 80’s when i was frequently broke Irwin would often stand me a freebie of spaghetti and ketchup with a couple of beers

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