HIGHLAND PARK — Recess Eatery, the large and ambitious restaurant that opened in January after lengthy delays, has undergone an abrupt transformation. Recess and its Mediterranean-inspired menu have been replaced by 51 Tavern, “a cross between a neighborhood tavern and a small town restaurant,” according to the restaurant website.
One diner who tried the 51 Tavern said the new concept resembles The York, the Highland Park gastropub located down the block.
It’s not clear if Recess owner Sevan Abdessian is involved in 51 Tavern, which had a soft opening last week. Abdessian closed his Glendale restaurant, also known as Recess, after opening the Highland Park restaurant, which opened in a former pet store that underwent extensive renovations.
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