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.