HIGHLAND PARK — The owners of Downtown’s Horse Thief BBQ at the Grand Central Market are planning to open a 161-seat restaurant and bar on Figueroa Street.
Wade McElroy and Russell Malixi are seeking city permission to serve a full-line of alcohol at their new restaurant, called Birdie, which would open in a row of recently renovated storefronts at 5631 Figueroa Street.
“It will be a neighborhood bistro,” McElroy said in an email. “We plan to be open early next summer.”
The new restaurant is located on a rapidly gentrifying section of Figueroa, where new restaurants, bars and shops have opened on a strip that once catered primarily to Latino and Spanish-speaking customers. A new bar and cocktail lounge, for example, is in the works across the street from Birdie. New property owners have taken over and are renovating the nearby Mr. T’s Bowl, the former Frank’s Camera building and the Highland Swap Mall.
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