New music hall and restaurant to open in Highland Park’s Masonic Temple this fall

BY HELIN JUNG

HIGHLAND PARK — Starting in November, the corner of Figueroa and Avenue 56 will be yet more bustling with the opening of a new live music spot, Lodge Room, and adjoining restaurant, Checker Hall, on the second floor of the former Highland Park Masonic Temple space.

Lodge Room’s publicity team announced the news Friday, along with a lineup of three upcoming shows. The venue will be able to host almost 500 guests, according to a release.

 

2014 picture of Masonic Temple interior | Martha Benedict

The restaurant will serve New American cuisine, and it will make use of the balcony overlooking Figueroa. Neighbors include Councilman Gil Cedillo’s district office, coffee shop Kindness & Mischief, and Vietnamese restaurant Good Girl Dinette.

Last June, property owner Hugh Horne indicated that he had no desire to disrupt the building’s character, and it seems Lodge Room has kept historic details,  like a ceiling fixture that recalls the logo of the Order of the Eastern Star (though with a freshly painted purple ceiling).

The approximately 19,000-square-foot building was constructed in 1923 for Masonic Lodge 382  The Italian Renaissance Revival building is on the National Register of Historic Places and is a city cultural historic monument.

The new music venue and restaurant will anchor a growing cluster of new eateries, shops and bars that have opened or are planned for this stretch of Figueroa.  Just this week, high-end grocer Cookbook opened its second location a few steps away on Figueroa, next door to Highland Park Bowl, Cafe Birdie, and RBTA.

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