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Noriega Hotel closing permanently following COVID-19 closure

Noriega Hotel
Posted at 5:20 PM, Apr 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-24 20:25:20-04

The Noriega Hotel announced Friday that it would not re-open following its closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The restaurant, which featured traditional Basque cuisine eaten at shared tables, had been in business for 89 years.

According to the VisitCalifornia website, the Noriega Hotel started out as a "former boarding house founded by Basque expats in 1893." In 2011, the restaurant would later be named "an American classic" by the James Beard Foundation.

The Elizalde family, which owned the business, thanked "all the people that have dined with us."