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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Fancy brickwork on York

Old brickwork and windows uncovered during restaurant renovation | Katrina Alexy

2011 Google Map view of the same building

HIGHLAND PARK —  While the design (or lack of) of the new Highland Park Starbucks has some calling for a boycott,  the renovation of the former Verdugo Pet Shop a few blocks away might be more promising.

Some fancy brick work and what appears to be original windows were recently revealed when workers removed the facade as part of construction of a new restaurant called Recess  that will open in the middle of the 5000 block of York. Will that brickwork remain uncovered once the renovation is completed? Stay tuned.

Old glass windows line the wall below the brick facade | Eastsider reader

 

Photo by Katrina Alexy



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19 comments

  1. How cool. You can’t put a price tag on original details like that.

  2. What a great discovery. I was sad to see the kitschy cool pet signs go away, but this certainly makes up for it.

  3. Hurrah for businesses that cares about beauty, design, and taking that extra step when they bring their business to our community. I’ll eat there!

  4. What a treasure!!

  5. Score one for York and HP! Can’t wait to give them my business!

  6. Spacecraft does great work. I’m certain that Recess will be successful once it does open.

    Now can York get Pho or Ramen?

  7. Cool but Recess is not a new restaurant. They have a location in Glendale. The arrogant owner/chef has lost twice on shows like Chopped and Food Network star. Decent food but pricey.

  8. Hmmm, makes me wonder what’s under the York’s shingled awning next door…

  9. It’s a wonderful find. If they do get to keep the 1924 front facade, I hope the city’s vehement inspectors don’t ask them to rip out their windows and force them to use some crappy energy-efficient white vinyl windows to please their codebook deities.

  10. The facade will be nice to look at, but hat restaurant doesn’t seem like an approachable spot. With it’s $13 bagel with lox, it will probably be reserved for special occasions. I like all the options, but $20 plates don’t get me stoked.

    • To each his own. HP has plenty of cheap dining options. Not enough higher end places, IMO. Lot of people in HP and surrounding neighborhoods who are looking for higher quality options and are willing to pay for it. Watch: this place is going to be a massive hit.

      • Fair enough. I have my doubts though… as do many of my long-time HLP friends – especially the ones who’ve worked for the guy opening the place. He sounds like a real piece of work.

      • Fair enough. I have my doubts though… as do many of my long-time HLP friends – especially the ones who’ve worked for the guy opening the place. He sounds like a real piece of work.

      • Fair enough. I have my doubts though… as do many of my long-time HLP friends – especially the ones who’ve worked for the guy opening the place. He sounds like a real piece of work.

      • Fair enough. I have my doubts though… as do many of my long-time HLP friends – especially the ones who’ve worked for the guy opening the place. He sounds like a real piece of work.

    • There are actually residents in HLP that can afford $13 bagel with lox and $20 plates. If you can’t afford, the neighborhood has plenty of cheap options.

  11. I agree. I love my dollar tacos, but I also am looking forward to having more options with a beautiful interior space to dine in. Look at the success of Maximiliano’s. There’s a real need for this type of eating establishment in HP. I think it will be a big success also as long as the food is tasty and well prepared. I’m still going to La Fuente for my nacho fix though! Will someone PLEASE open a great Indian place on Fig????

  12. Restaurant?!

    That funky Verdugo pet shop was there a long, long, long time and had about an inch of ancient dust and feathers on EVERYTHING. Merchandise on the shelves for decades. I walked in there once because it looked so freaky, I couldn’t believe it. Truly bizarre.

    I’m sorry, I can’t imagine the bugs that live there.

  13. Ancient dust and feathers on everything? Merchandise on shelves for decades?

    You do know that the feathers and dust will not be there when the restaurant opens. You do know that they are gutting the place and I’m 100% sure are going to clean it . Health inspectors and the city will make sure everything is up to code.

    If all these hipsters buying rehabed homes in the area are living in what used to be teardowns . I’m pretty sure they don’t have a problem going to a nice restaurant in the neighborhood that has been cleaned up.

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