The Pantry Restaurant

877 S. Figueroa

This classic restaurant was opened in 1922 and has never closed...that is, until Thursday November 26th 1997, when it was closed by the County Health Department for minor health code violations. It reopened the very next day. Known for its greasy food and rude waiters, it is a popular meeting spot in downtown. With the new nearby basketball/hockey arena, Staples Center, the 24-hour queues will be longer still. For more on The Pantry's history visit its website.

PHOTOS: T. Boot; J. Mapes