Beverly Blvd. Shedding Its Cobras and Matadors Flagship

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Cobras & Matadors Photo: Cobras & Matadors via Facebook

Steve Arroyo’s tapas bar, Cobras and Matadors, was a bit of a drinking-and-dining, small plates game changer when it first opened on Beverly in the mid-aughts, with partners including Maynard James Keenan from Tool. The brand’s expansion to both a Los Feliz and Park La Brea-adjacent location were a little less ballyhooed, however, though Arroyo had little cause for concern, seeing as he’s half of the original partnership that launched the vastly more successful Umami Burger empire.

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Cobras & Matadors Photo: Cobras & Matadors via Facebook

Squid Ink reports that Cobras will finally close its flagship location after this Monday Tuesday**, while Arroyo stays busy with his taco joint, Escuela. No word yet on whether Arroyo, who helped turned the Hollywood Blvd.-coiled Cobras into an ambitious Umami with an attached Japanese salary man’s beer bar, is holding on to the space for a new concept.

Via Instagram: Steven Arroyo to Close Cobras & Matadors [SI]

** This post was updated with the news that Arroyo is putting off the closing until after Valentine’s Day, as per Squid Ink.