HIGHLAND PARK — The space is beautiful – a restored brick storefront with a bow-truss ceiling that soars overhead and a patio in the back. The location is hard to beat — right in the heart of gentrifying York Boulevard. So, why have two restaurants closed in the same spot in less than 18 months?
This week 51 Tavern, which promoted itself as a “cross between a neighborhood tavern and a small town restaurant” announced on Facebook that it had closed only a few months after having opened last fall in the 5000 block of York.
“Thanks for the memories,” said a sign on the locked restaurant entrance and a message posted on its Facebook page on June 5. “We thank you for your support and love of Chef Sevan’s creations and hope we’ll break bread together one day soon.”
Chef Sevan is apparently a reference to Sevan Abdessian, who opened Recess Eatery in the same location in January of last year. The restaurant with a Mediterranean-inspired closed only a few months later and morphed into 51 Tavern in November.
After operating a restaurant in Glendale, Abdessian turned his attention to opening a new place on York. He faced numerous delays to obtain the necessary permits and transform a former, rundown pet store in one of York’s most glamorous restaurants. “Recess Eatery is Highland Park’s stunning new pub for the masses,” Eater L.A. declared when the restaurant opened its doors.
The Eastsider has contacted 51 Tavern for more information about why it closed and what may replace it.
Maybe the third restaurant will be the charm?
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