ELYSIAN VALLEY — As a teenager, singer and songwriter Mia Todd used to practice at her father’s art studio in Elysian Valley near the L.A. River. Now, Todd is returning to the neighborhood to open a performance space and cafe with her husband and a partner involved in a former New York music and art venue known as Zebulon.
The Elysian Valley space, which will also be known as Zebulon, will be located in a former warehouse on Fletcher Drive near Ripple Street, an area that is home to Elysian restaurant and a proposed beer garden.
Zebulon would open later this year in the approximately 5,000-square-foot space if all the necessary city approvals are obtained, said Jesse Peterson, a guitarist and Todd’s husband. The group is seeking permits that would allow them to serve alcohol in a 248-seat space with life entertainment as well as dancing, according online city records.
Guests to be able to drink and dine while attending jazz shows, dance performances, film screenings and other arts program, said Peterson, standing in the high-ceiling space, where sections of the old wood bar that once stood in the New York club have been trucked in and are awaiting to be reassembled.
Soubiran said he hopes to emulate some of the features of the former New York venue, which closed about two years ago after operating for a decade in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. Zebulon was known for hosting an eclectic line up of musicians and artists, including Todd and Peterson.
“It was more like a cultural center where any kind of expression of was welcome,” Soubiran said.