For several years now a pair of signs reading “Silver Take” and “Neighborhood Kitchen” have hung from the side of a Rowena Avenue building in Silver Lake. Inside the powder-blue building, there’s a fully equipped restaurant kitchen – complete with gleaming stoves, fridges and espresso maker – as well as cane and wicker dining chairs in the dining room. But Silver Take has never served one meal or customer. Instead of opening, the 1,500-square restaurant building on Rowena near West Silver Lake Drive is now up for sale at $1.49 million, according to LoopNet.
Says the listing:
Enlarged, the owners have received the permits and certificate of occupancy. Located in Silver Lake on a high-visibility street, it is surrounded by high-volume rental units and lots of activity. Unique stand alone building. Currently built out as restaurant on a destination street, take potential advantage of a strong breakfast/coffee, daytime lunch crowd or a vital evening street scene.
Why did Silver Take never open? It’s not clear. When The Eastsider stopped by several months ago a man who said he was the owner said he was dealing with permit problems. Online city records indicate that building inspectors were looking into several code violations, including unapproved construction.
Perhaps the new owners will have been luck in this location than Silver Take.