Chef Adam Perry Lang suddenly shut down his Hollywood APL restaurant after four years. The namesake spot at 1680 Vine Street opened in 2018 as a meaty ode to all things Adam Perry Lang, the celebrity chef who has spent a career working everything from fine-dining restaurants to smoked-meat joints off the coast. East.
A member of the BBQ Hall of Fame, Lang first gained attention in Los Angeles for his backyard barbecue facilities, producing ribs and other meats behind the Jimmy Kimmel Live studio in Hollywood. He turned that success into APL, a glamorous ground-floor restaurant with an old-fashioned chophouse vibe, while keeping the large basement as a dry-aging locker and private hangout space for diners. chefs and famous friends. Now Lang says, by Instagram, that the restaurant is closed.
“Unfortunately, the current challenges of this pandemic have forced me to make the difficult decision to close permanently,” Lang wrote in a post that affixed to his own page and the APL Instagram page. “I have so much gratitude to my guests and investors for their continued support.” The statement also thanks APL employees and ends with a “stay tuned” note, though Lang’s future plans remain unclear at this time.
During its run, APL was mostly favored by critics and fans, although it was sometimes difficult to find a large returning audience in the middle of one of the city’s most touristy blocks. In 2019 Los Angeles Times Reviewer (then co-reviewer) Bill Addison called the restaurant “irresistible” as a place to find well-cooked meats, albeit at a steep price. The Hollywood Reporter also offered measured praise for the place in 2018, saying the ‘supreme’ beef Lang dry-aged, butchered, then cooked itself ‘immediately catapulted [him] in the top ranks of local steak masters. Now the restaurant, like so many over the past two years, is no more.
More recently, Lang made headlines for being the former private chef for Jeffrey Epstein, with a 2020 podcast episode from Broken: Seeking Justice focusing on Lang’s alleged knowledge of the billionaire’s sex trafficking ring during his employment. Lang maintained that he had never witnessed (nor been told) any illegal or depraved acts by Epstein or his associates, and as of 2019 he was cooperate with law enforcement. Perry Lang’s, chef Yountville’s steakhouse that opened in late 2019, also remains closed right now.