The King Eddy SaloonA downtown LA institution closed last night. The King Eddy Saloon was a favorite watering hole for down-and-out writers like Charles Bukowski and John Fante, and a gathering place for Skid Row residents.

King Eddy’s been purchased by a developer and will be turned into a far classier establishment, much to the chagrin of its longtime patrons. We covered the possible closure of the bar a few months back.

We sent reporters Joe Rosenberg and David Weinberg to King Eddy on the final weekend to find out how fans are responding to the closure of their favorite pub. Here are some of the stories they heard:

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