Irv’s Burgers, the 63-year-old West Hollywood hamburger stand sitting at the northeast corner of Santa Monica and Sweetzer, will close on Oct. 30, according to owner Sonia Hong.
As the closing date nears, the Hongs, the Korean-American family who invested their life’s savings in the business, are asking supporters to donate to an Indiegogo fundraising campaign to help relocate the business.
“Moving is expensive. So is setting up a new restaurant,” Hong wrote on the campaign site. “But we want to make the new Irv’s Burgers, wherever it lands next on the map, as inviting and delicious as the location that so many of you have come to love, and we are hoping that you, our Irv’s family, can support our move to a new space.”
The campaign, which started on Sept. 6 and runs until Nov. 3, has raised $1,365 of its $55,000 goal.
The family has not found a new location, according to Hong.
Hong, who works with her brother and mother behind the counter and is known for penning personal notes on most paper plates she serves, has made the stand a neighborhood favorite for more than a decade.
Standard Oil owns both the Irv’s space and a neighboring space, where it is currently constructing a cafe called “Beach Nation.” Both spaces are part of the same property. Due to the new construction, Irv’s must be brought up to current West Hollywood code standards. That means Irv’s roof and patio must be renovated. Standard Oil told the Hongs they would have to pay for the renovations if they wanted to stay, according to Hong.
A 30-day eviction notice was served in person to the Hongs on May 22. Despite the eviction notice, the Hongs say they were led to believe they had “as much time as they needed” to find another location to operate their business, and that Steven Bohbot, vice president at Standard Oil, has been giving them conflicting information.
Hong has also said her landlord has attempted to more than double her rent to $10,000 and put her on a month-to-month lease, which makes the eviction possible.