Storefront Report: Will a new window and menu attract Highland Park diners?

Photo by Laura Gutierrez

The Highland Park building that housed the short-lived Cafe Lobos  and before that Marty’s bar is now sporting a new name – HPK – and a picture window overlooking York Boulevard. Some of  the reader comments on a previous Eastsider story said the windowless building was not welcoming and suggested that a window would help. Said a commenter named Marino:

He needs to tear down the front wall and open it to the street like the York or his own Mia Sushi and/or take some of the huge parking lot and turn it into outdoor dining.

It seems the building owner, Rudy Martinez, owner of Eagle Rock’s Sushi,  also thought a window would help and applied for a permit to replace a window that been covered up. What will diners be eating behind that window? Stay tuned.


  1. HPK = Highland Park Kabbala? Highland Park Kibble? Highland Park Kebabs? Highland Park Koalas? Highland Park Kitchen? As tasty as Koalas are, it’s most likely the latter. I hope it’s Highland Park Kitchen and features an inventive menu with extensive vegetarian options and craft beer list.

  2. no vegetarian and definitely no vegan nonsense. Vegans smell.

    • Maybe they’ll broadcast NASCAR and offer an extensive deep-fried menu! Hopefully some insulin on the side?! We can only hope! There isn’t enough Inland Empire influence on York Blvd.

  3. I actually liked the previous idea behind “Cafe Lobos”. The dog friendly eatery thing seemed awesome, however, the place never seemed to be open!! The window is a much welcomed addition.

  4. As long as Rudy Martinez owns this place, I will NEVER go there.

  5. Well at least York is going in the right direction. Some sit down eateries are mandatory for the gentrification to be really on track. but PLEASE DO NOT offer free wifi…the leeches at Cafe De Leche have ruined that place allowing people to camp out there all day playing on the laptops.

  6. We need a ramen spot here. A nice authentic dope ass ramen spot. Can we please move one of the west side ramen spots here?

  7. I hope its a new taco place.

  8. Looks like it’s Tapas.

    They have a facebook page now.

  9. Yeah, there aren’t any taco places in NE Los Angeles.

  10. It is tapas. I walked by today and apparently today is their first night open for dinner.

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