SANTA CLARA, Calif.
— Hell’s Kitchen, the legendary Southern California restaurant that became a cult hit for its fried chicken, will close its doors for good after more than three decades in the Bay Area.
Owner Jim Lentz announced the news on his Facebook page late Wednesday.
The restaurant closed in December 2018 after three decades and has been in operation since 1977.
This was not easy and we are grateful for the support from our loyal patrons.” “
The family is working very hard to find a new home for the restaurant and we will keep you all posted.
This was not easy and we are grateful for the support from our loyal patrons.”
Lentz’s last day will be Tuesday.
He said the decision was difficult for him and the entire family, but he believes the community and the community at large will embrace the closure.
Lendz’s wife, Laura, said the closing was bittersweet.
I can’t believe it’s over, she said.
It’s really hard.
I think we all have to look back on this time with a lot of gratitude.
People will see us in the news and know we are back.
But it’s not over yet, Lenttz added.
We’re looking for a new location.
For Lentz, the closing is bittersweet because he and his family were always a part of the community.
When Lentz opened the restaurant in 1975, he was already known for his chicken fried steak, but it wasn’t until Lentz began to make other dishes that the brand was born.
After Lentz closed the restaurant, he opened a second restaurant in San Francisco, where he is still active.
On Wednesday, Lent said he would continue to work on his new restaurant in downtown Santa Clara, but said the staff and the restaurants customers “will not be forgotten.”
Lent’s first restaurant opened in 1979 in Santa Monica.
Over the years, the restaurant evolved from a small-plate chicken joint into a full-service restaurant with a more upscale feel, where diners could order their own food and have an upscale experience.
Hell was a popular place to eat and drink in the 1980s and 1990s, but Lentz’s restaurant became a magnet for college students, and the restaurant eventually became a popular gathering spot for celebrities and celebrities-turned-celebrity chefs.
The restaurant was named after a restaurant in which Lentz cooked and served his signature fried chicken and steak dishes.
During Lentzs lifetime, Hell’s was known for its spicy chicken, fried shrimp and deep-fried pork chops.
Lent and his wife, longtime restaurateur Linda, were married for 50 years, and they both died in 2017.