HIGHLAND PARK — A barbershop-restaurant combo might seem odd at first. But it’s a concept that has apparently worked for Blind Barber, which operates barbershop /cafes in New York and Culver City. Now, the owners want to open a Blind Barber, which would serve a full-line of alcoholic drinks, on Figueroa Street in Highland Park.
Last September we reported that a 3,125-square-foot restaurant and barbershop was planning to open in the former Frank’s Highland Park Camera building in the 5700 block of Figueroa Street. The owners were unknown at the time, but last week, representatives from Blind Barber made a presentation before the Highland Park neighborhood council’s land use committee, said committee co-chair Antonio Castillo.
“The concept is to have a storefront barbershop during the day and a rear restaurant in the evening accessible through the barber shop,” Castillo said. “While it may sound odd, this ‘speakeasy’ concept is common in the East Coast.”
Castillo said his committee voted to support Blind Barber’s efforts to win city approval to serve alcohol at its Highland Park outlet. The full neighborhood council is scheduled to vote on the matter next month.
The Blind Barber has not responded to The Eastsider’s request for more information.
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