These Kia videos my kids and I did in September have become like a scrapbook book for me. It was the last days of summer, and as it turned out, the last days of Campanile. Though we didn’t know it yet. In this charming episode of Vivien, Rex, Daphne and their 2013 Kia Sorento we use it to help sell some cool drinks on a hot day. I know they are my kids, but jeez they are pretty cute here. They did love serving the lemonade.
Yes, today we would do better as a hot chocolate stand. It’s shot very prettily and it’s in the parking lot of what was Campanile with Alex, who was the best valet guy making a cameo. The La Brea Bakery sign is in the back, though they too have been forced to move up the street by the change of lease holders ( dead to me).
It’s a sweet nugget of time. Check out the nice car with the power folding side mirrors! Maybe I folded them to fast. I didn’t see the predatory restauranteur breathing down our necks.
I have felt like a jet pilot having to keep focus on the task at hand as missles are coming at me. Steady. I had to get some work that was on deadline as my sister Carole called, “Is it true?” She said with pain in her voice.
“yes, it is”. I had to hang up.
Word was leaked to the press that my husband’s famed restaurant is closing. ( Just today a wonderful look at Campanile by Jonathan Gold and it’s impact was published in the LA Times) It didn’t come out of the blue as he has been unable to secure a lease in years.
My stepson called from college that he heard about it from a text from a friend who had read about it.
Mark and his former wife Nancy Silverton started Campanile and La Brea Bakery more than 23 years ago. They were a smash hit. They had met at Spago and brought their collective talent to this project (after their divorce he bought her out and she went on to do other successful restaurants). La Bakery was sold in 2001. They also must leave the space.
I feel like I have been on a roller coaster of feelings. I’m trying to enjoy the place while it is here and express appreciation to the people who make it work. But, one day soon when I drive by it’s shuttered doors it’s going to be like looking at a corpse.
I’m still so upset, I can’t even write about it now, so I’m going to link to this to explain and try to find the words when I can. 50 people are going to lose their jobs. Including Garrison, the most requested waiter. Here he is recently holding Rex