Would you like a shave with that? Restaurant-barbershop combo coming to Highland Park

Frank's Camera building highland park

Site of proposed barbershop-restaurant

Storefront ReportHIGHLAND PARK —  Will you be able to order chicken wings and beer while you get a cut and a shave? Will the barbers double as bartenders?  Those are some of the questions we have after coming across plans for a 3,125-square-foot restaurant and barbershop for the former Frank’s Highland Park Camera shop in the 5700 block of Figueroa Street.

Some of the details of the restaurant-barbershop are including in a filing with the Planning Department. The department is being asked for permission to allow for the sale of a full line of alcoholic drinks as part of a proposed restaurant and barbershop with 54 seats. The restaurant would be open from 6 pm to 2 am daily while the barbershop would be open from 12 pm to 9 pm daily, under the proposed hours of operation.  There would also be limited live entertainment.

The applicant is listed as David Walker with 5715-17 N. Figueroa LLC. A David Walker also serves as president of Engine Real Estate, which owns the three-story, brick building constructed in 1928.

A restaurant-barbershop would be the latest in a string of new restaurants, bars and restaurants that have opened along Figueroa near the Highland Park Gold Line station. Earlier this year, the new owner of the former Highland Park Masonic Temple  unveiled  plans to open a restaurant and bar in combination with a performance space for live music, theater and other entertainment.

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  1. Seems a little gimmicky. I would love this location to be a CB2 or a sprawling restaurant the size of Bottega Louie. But all the bases are quickly getting covered on this stretch of fig. This neighborhood is going to be super walkable by spring, especially with Cookbook, Tinfoil Liquor & Grocery and Silverlake Wine all opening stores around the same time.

  2. I’m not impressed. But better than sitting empty.

  3. Let’s start a petition for bottega louie.

  4. OK sure, it doesn’t sound terrible but it also won’t completely recalibrate Los Angeles and ideas of where luxury shopping can or should take place the way Maison Martin Margiela and Rose Bakery would have had they decided to locate in the building. I think it is somewhat of a loss frankly and I worry that luxury retailers are going to skip Highland Park and adjacent neighborhoods altogether in favor of locating downtown.

    • I think part of Rose Bakery’s speculative decision to not open might have been based on Mr Holmes Bakehouse opening a block up. Holmes has only 4 locations: San Francisco, 2 locations in Korea and Figueroa Street… That says a lot about HLP’s emergence as a destination.

  5. It’s an intriguing idea definitely. I hope they give it something other then the most obvious “gentleman’s parlor” type of interior treatment. Would be so nice to have the interiors be something other then the usual cliche old-timey steampunk meets marble counter tops that we’re seeing too much of these days in HP. That being said, I’m welcoming this idea and will most likely be getting my hair cut there. One more big step forward for Highland Park’s renaissance.

    • If they decorate it ala “gentleman’s parlor” it will fail. Folks want simple, natural, clean lines. Honestly, a CB2 would do really well on Fig.

  6. MAKE. IT. STOP.

  7. This one may have tipped the scales. I live around the corner from here and this is flat out embarrassing. I’m all for revitalization and pretty buildings but this is perhaps the ultimate manifestation of a soul-less commodification of the ‘hipster aesthetic,’ almost as if these speculative folks entered ‘hipster data points’ into their genius computer and it spit out this idea.

    I love this building and it definitely needs new life breathed into it following years of decline, but this direction makes me sad. The rapid changes in the neighborhood feel like they’re built around thinly projected virtues, driven by buzz words and slick marketability, as opposed to what it actually means to live here or be a neighborhood stakeholder. That’s not a recipe for enduring value or stability. I don’t fear change, but I do now fear that this brand of change leads to the erosion of authentic culture and community, where Highland Park’s new identity becomes defined by what it is relative to those places that its new ventures riff on and aspire to, i.e. the next Silverlake, the next Portland, the next Brooklyn.

    Don’t tell me, “this is increasing property values, therefore it is good;” my property’s value has gone up too. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t other costs, and it doesn’t make this a good project. Highland Park has become a Portlandia episode, and the joke is on us.

    • like they said on eater its probably just two businesses, a restaurant and a barber shop…nothing too nefarious about that i think but we’ll see. we could use more restaurants that serve dinner/stay open later and if the barbershop is something affordable and not annoying like a rudys i think that could be a welcome addition too.

    • Word. I’m all for change. I’m all for businesses that bring life on the streets and provide jobs and I love being able to go to places in my neighborhood rather than leaving to eat or shop. I love to see kids playing on a warm summer evening in York Park and busy taco trucks on a Friday night. I love businesses started by people who live in the neighborhood and opened up kind of places they wanted to frequent. It’s a diverse and vibrant community that still feels authentic but we’re at a tipping point for sure.

    • Agree 100% with this post.

  8. Hmmmm. Can’t say I’m thrilled with this. I just want a really excellent place to buy bread. Frank’s could have been a killer, massive bakery! Yes, like Bottega Louie. Throwing this out like I always do – PLEASE someone start an Indian Restaurant in HP!!!!

  9. What Jonathan said, 100%.

  10. Does anyone remember Figueroa Produce Market on york and figueroa? Well, word has it that a smaller version but similar concept is due to open inside Franks Camera building early 2017. It’s good and bad what is going on in HP, but Chops will bring that old world butcher shop and marketplace back to HP reaidents. For more info and to keep informed, email [email protected] and we will keep you informed as this new addition to HP progresses.

  11. How much does a haircut cost in a trendy barber shop these days? The decidedly untrendy little place I go to on York charges $15. But with all the new shops and restaurants getting closer, they think it’s probably only a matter of time before they have to move/shut down to make way for someone who can pay higher rent.

    • They should charge more. $15 bought a haircut at Supercuts 15 years ago. Anything decent is going to be 25-30. I won’t pay much more than that, but it’s also not good to cheap out and get a shoddy haircut. If they do good work they should charge at least $25.

    • You must be going to Boulevard Hairstyling. Been going there for 40 years and they can afford to charge that because they own the building lock, stock, and barrel.

    • that you can blame the $15 min wage not just gentrification

  12. If you charge $35 for the same haircut the local Highland Park barbershop charges $8 for —-I’m ALL IN !

    If your frozen/fried Chicken Wings are as delicious as Swansons from Vons at 10 times the price —Welcome to the Neighborhood!

    Or maybe I’ll just cut my own hair and raise my own chickens, as has been done in Highland Pk for 100 yrs.

  13. Does anyone else think they are submitting this as two separate businesses in one filing with the city? Everyone here is so damn quick to jump to conclusions since the article has no real information.

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