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Monday, September 1, 2014

Storefront Report: Highland Park’s menu of restaurant options expands on Figueroa

Chez Antoine (left), Greyhound Bar & Grille (center) and a cafe by Kitchen Mouse (right) opening on Figueroa.

When it came time to look for a place to open a tavern in Highland Park,  Matt Glassman decided against York Boulevard, which has become the neighborhood hot spot for dining and shopping.  Instead,  Glassman and business partners  focused on Figueroa Street, where later this year they will open the The Greyhound Bar and Grill in a former pupuseria at the corner of Figueroa Street and Avenue 56.   The Greyhound Bar will join two other restaurants that are also underway on Figueroa.

Glassman, a 31-year-old Ohio native who has worked at numerous Los Angeles area restaurants and bars,  said his tavern will have a better chance of standing out among the existing bars and restaurants along Figueroa than it would on York.  The street’s proximity to the Gold Line as wall as the Arroyo Seco Parkway also attracted him to the location.

“I like the the energy there,” said Glassman, whose tavern will feature a full line of drinks and bar menu. “It’s an exciting time.”

Meanwhile, across the street,  Chez Antoine, a French creperie, is moving into the space once occupied by Cinnamon, a vegetarian cafe.  A worker inside Chez Antoine, which is currently being renovated, did not have any further details about the restaurant.

Up the street, a former retail space in the 5900 block of Figueroa is being converted into a small, take-out cafe operated by Erica Daking of Kitchen Mouse Catering.  Daking said she will providing more information about the cafe in the coming days.

17 comments

  1. I was wondering what happened to La Arca. I loved it but as a “South of York” homeowner it’s nice to see some fancier eateries opening up on Fig.

  2. Wait, Cinnamon closed?

  3. great news! We love our taco trucks and pupuserias, but we also welcome new and exciting takes on food. welcome to Fig!

  4. Finally, some great news on that stretch of Highland park…Can’t wait for my crepes. Bienvenue dans le quartier Antoine!

  5. Woo hoo! Time to hipsterfy Fig.

  6. Very excited for more eateries down this way! Our home and business are in the 43rd-37th ave range and the more the merrier!

  7. Greyhound Bar & Grill is going to rock that old La Arca space, the high cielings, intact elements, window etc is going to make that place rock. Plus it and the creperie and a cafe is going to round out Good Girl Dinette , Follieros, Antigua Bread and Las Cazuelas

    • Agreed! It will be a welcome addition to the neighborhood. I had been curious as to the papered-over windows there lately.

  8. Great great news! This part of Fig is up and coming. Finally. With the history, architecture , and Gold Line, this street should be on fire with new cool businesses. Best of luck to all the new spots. Now , I’d like to see a quality gym open in the former bank building on the corner or Fig and 56. That building is just too nice to sit empty for years.

  9. Cinnamon had good intentions, but the food was absolutely tasteless. Good to have more options on Fig.

  10. I’m so thrilled to here Fig is getting a bunch of cool new spots. I hope Kitchen Mouse carries over some of their vegan catering option to the new storefront. Now all we need is diagonal parking spaces on Fig to really pull new businesses in!

  11. YES YES YES A MILLION TIME YES!!!! I have always loved that building near Folliero’s and thought that the gorgeous original architecture was covered up and improperly maintained. So glad to see something like this go in that space!! (the Greyhound)

  12. Great news having new establishments opening on Figueroa. Figueroa has such beautiful architecture, which unfortunately has been covered up with so much crappy plastic signs, ugly paint, and stucco.

    Please, please, please new establishments…..please DO NOT put televisions in your bar and restaurants.

    Looking forward to patronizing these new places in the neighborhood.

  13. This is very good news. My hair salon is located on Fig and 56 (Barras Salon). Now I will have more wonderful food options to add to my always amazing salon experience.

  14. This is great news to Highland Park. I am a Hiland Parker and due to lack of good choices I end up eating out in Glendale or Burbank at Bj’s, CKP, Chilis, etc…
    I welcome the ?
    Greyhound…. I’ll be there day one!

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