Downtown BBQ owner opening a Highland Park bistro

5631 Figueroa Street

Storefront ReportHIGHLAND PARK —  The owners of Downtown’s Horse Thief BBQ at the Grand Central Market are planning to open a 161-seat restaurant and bar on Figueroa Street.

Wade McElroy and Russell Malixi are seeking city permission to serve a full-line of alcohol at their new restaurant, called Birdie, which would open in a row of recently renovated storefronts at 5631 Figueroa Street.

“It will be a neighborhood bistro,” McElroy said in an email. “We plan to be open early next summer.”

The new restaurant is located on a rapidly gentrifying section of Figueroa, where new restaurants, bars and shops have opened on a strip that once catered primarily to Latino and Spanish-speaking customers.  A new bar and cocktail lounge, for example, is in the works across the street from Birdie. New property owners have taken over and are renovating the nearby Mr. T’s Bowl, the former Frank’s Camera building and the Highland Swap Mall.

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  1. We welcome them to the neighborhood! It will be nice to walk down the street and not have to drive to a nice place to eat.

  2. Interesting. The food as Horse Thief is pretty underwhelming, especially for the price. Hope they step up their game for this restaurant.

  3. Very pleased this part of Los Angeles is gentrifying

  4. Sounds like yet another place to eat dead animals 🙁

  5. YUM! I can’t wait for this place to open. Very exciting addition to Fig.

  6. Yes yes yes!!! Very excited for this and all the other planned eateries and bars to open!!

  7. Figueroa hipster friendly now?

  8. we need a barbque joint not another bistro


  9. Indian food!!!! Please….somebody open a good Indian food restaurant!!!

    • Not in Highland Park but Curry King recently opened in Glassell Park…on Fletcher at La Clede. Haven’t been
      there yet (I will…lunch buffet 9.99 every day) but it’s owned by members of the family who own India Sweets & Spices on Los Feliz…that restaurant (next to the grocery store) is vegetarian but this is full service judging by
      the photos.
      The place was a Hispanic (I don’t remember the country/region, but not Mexican) place before, already all set
      up (I checked the address out and looked at the original real estate sale listing) so it just needed someone to
      buy it and set up their own thing.
      I’ve been hoping for an Indian place in our neighborhood, the places in Pasadena are expensive and not always
      friendly. I used to go to Little India (Artesia/Pioneer Blvd) which offered lots of regional choices and great window shopping as well but it’s a drive and not worth it for just one meal…
      Reviews on the place are good.

  10. I would rather leave it the way it is . Don’t need any more hipsters on the figg side . Stay on the York

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