Chez Melange will close after 37 years in Redondo Beach, the restaurant’s owners announced this week in an email to the Southern California News Group.

However, Chez Melange is going out with a delicious throwback bang before shutting its doors by Feb. 29.

The South Bay restaurant, which is a popular place for large celebrations like birthdays and graduations, was a bit ahead of its time when business partners Michael Franks and Robert Bell opened it in 1982.

The owners used farm-to-table ingredients sourced from the Seed to Plate Garden at Valmonte Elementary School in Palos Verdes Estates to create a menu that combined American, European and Asian fusion dishes that pretty much changed daily.

No reason has been given for the closure and a call and email to a restaurant representative was not immediately returned.

But in a joint statement the co-owners said before the doors close they would be taking the restaurant on a “Farewell Tour” where they will be cooking dishes that have been hits during their nearly four-decade history.

“Thank you. Thank you for your loyalty. Thank you for your love. Thank you for your support. You’ve been more than just wonderful and loyal customers since we opened in 1982; you’ve been our family and our friends. And after 37 years, the time has come to bid adieu to Chez Melange,” the joint statement read.

And while people can expect to see popular dishes such as the fried chicken salad back on the menu, the co-owners also said they would also be taking suggestions from customers on what other classics to bring back.

First opened at the Palos Verdes Inn in 1982, the restaurant moved to Riviera Village in 2008 where it evolved into three restaurants under one roof with Bouzy Gastropub, which draws inspiration from a French brasserie, an English pub and an American bar and grill dishes; The Oyster Bar, which serves seafood and cocktails; and Sea Change, a formal seafood restaurant.

Information: Chez Melange is at 1611 S. Catalina Ave., Redondo Beach. 310-540-1222,


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