File photo The Standing Room

The Standing Room in Hermosa Beach, home to massive burgers, live music and other community events in the beach town, is closing its doors due to the economic impact of the coronavirus. (File photo by Melina Pizano)

After six years of serving big beefy burgers and packing the place with live music, The Standing Room in Hermosa Beach will close its doors for good on Dec.20.

“It’s definitely sad. We had a lot of good bands, good people, a lot of locals here,” said Sean O’Neil, a manager and bartender at the gastropub.

The restaurant is closing due to economic hardships brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, he said.

Southern California’s current stay-at-home order bans in-person dining at restaurants, only allowing takeout and delivery in hopes of controlling the spread of the novel coronavirus, which has put a strain on businesses.

Located near the pier on busy Hermosa Avenue, The Standing Room was the bigger offshoot of the original Standing Room, which opened in Redondo Beach about eight years ago. O’Neil said the original Redondo Beach location will remain open.

A third Standing Room location at SteelCraft in Bellflower has also closed, O’Neil said. SteelCraft’s Bellflower website also states the restaurant has closed.

O’Neil said a new owner will be taking over the Hermosa Beach location with a new concept, but he had no information on future plans for the spot.

With its small patio facing the street and a figure of a large pig on its front wall, the Standing Room became known for burgers such as the Napoleon Burger, a half-pound braised short rib patty with bacon, and the spicy Chance burger, made with jalapeño, chili sauce and habanero cream coleslaw.

The Standing Room also made its mark with live music on the weekends with bands that ranged from cover groups to local legends like Pennywise and Descendents who have played there.

“We had a lot of good bands, a lot of good memories here,” O’Neil said.

The announcement was first made on the restaurant’s Facebook page Thursday, Dec. 10. Nearly 200 people commented on the closure within 24 hours of the announcement, including Torrance resident Mike Rubin, whose band Max 80s Band performed there a few times.

“It’s just a bummer,” he said in a telephone interview.

“Just overall the inside of it was very cool, it had a very cool ambience with the high ceilings and brick walls, just an overall cool feeling to it. It’s just a nice laid-back beach vibe,” he said.

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