Andrea Bullo, owner of the popular Moonshadows restaurant in Malibu, was killed along with her son in a fire accident this week in Woodland Hills, an employee has confirmed.
On Wednesday evening, employees and patrons of the upscale beach restaurant gathered for a private vigil, an employee told The Times. The restaurant is expected to remain closed on Thursday, and it’s unclear when it will reopen.
“We are in mourning right now as individuals and as an entire family,” said the employee, who asked not to be identified. The coroner has not officially released the identity of the victims of the accident.
A 2014 Toyota Camry was traveling east on West Mulholland Drive around 9 p.m. Tuesday when it crashed into the back of a 1965 Mustang, leaving both cars engulfed in flames, officer Warren Moore said of the Los Angeles Police Department.
The driver and passenger inside the Mustang were both pronounced dead at the scene. The restaurant employee confirmed that it was Bullo and his son, Marco, inside the vehicle.
Camry driver Kevin Ivan Gonzales, 21, was arrested and charged with two counts of homicide, Moore said. Police suspect that alcohol may have been a factor in the crash.
Bullo has been a mainstay of the Los Angeles-area culinary scene for years, but got his start in his native Venice, Italy, at Do Forni e Antico Pignolo.
In the 1990s, he ran Prego in Beverly Hills before opening Moonshadows in 2001, according to his biography on the restaurant’s website.
Since then, the restaurant has become a popular and notable spot along the Malibu coast, attracting celebrities while becoming one of Yelp’s top 100 restaurants nationwide.
Los Angeles Times