More change is in store for the corner of York Boulevard and Avenue 51 in Highland Park. Italiano’s Pizza, which occupies the northeast corner of the intersection, has been put up for sale for $225,000 as the lease on the 2,500-square foot space comes up for renewal. The current owners, who have operated the pizza parlor for about 15 years, have decided to sell to focus on another business in Pico Rivera, said agent Bob Hooks with International Real Estate Services. It will be up to a buyer to negotiate a new lease as part of a sale. It’s not clear how much the landlord will be asking, but Hooks said that “I am getting a lot of calls” on the corner property.
Italiano’s Pizza has found itself with several new neighbors as the gentrification of York Boulevard and Highland Park attracts new shops and cafes to the street. The pizza parlor is in the same strip of storefronts where specialty ice cream maker Scoops opened this summer and down the block from where craft beers and $11 glasses of wine now flow at the Hermosillo bar under new owners. Meanwhile, across the street from Italiano’s, crystal chandeliers hang in the windows of Ba Restaurant, which serves French Rustic cuisine in what was once part of the Mexican bakery next door.