HIGHLAND PARK — It’s been more than a year since the owners behind Pine & Crane, the popular Silver Lake Asian restaurant, revealed that they were going to open a Taiwanese “fast-casual” eatery in the former Ba Restaurant at the corner of York Boulevard and Avenue 51. That new place has not yet opened but work continues on what is now a much larger restaurant than what was originally described
Building and Safety and Planning Department records indicate that a nearly 3,000-square-foot restaurant will occupy not only the former French restaurant but also the space next door once occupied by Elsa’s, a long-time panaderia that morphed into a cafe-bakery. Elsa’s closed early last year as the owners started a remodeling project but the cafe never re-opened.
Now, the removal of a wall between the two spaces will create room for a 40-seat restaurant. An company known as SK Restaurant Concepts II is seeking Planning Department approval to serve beer and wine at the location between 11 am and 2 am daily.
The Eastsider has contacted Vivian Ku of Pine & Crane for an update.
York Boulevard’s restaurant scene has continued to evolve in the 16 months since Ku described plans for the new Highland Park restaurant. Collage Coffee opened in May one storefront away from Ku’s venture, a French bistro, Côté Est, opened in the former Tavern 51/Recess Eater space, and a bar-restaurant-arcade is planned a few blocks east where El Arco Iris had operated for more than half a century.
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