Update: Charles Fisher, local historian, author and preservationist, had this to say about the Highland Hofbrau sign:
I don't know much as I don't frequent bars, but I do know that before it became the Little Cave, it was known as "Richard's Hofbrau". I would assume that the name "Highland Hofbrau" is probably earlier. The building hasn't changed much in my memory. There was an unpermitted addition at the rear years ago, but the city forced its removal. There used to be a wooden apartment house at the rear which was accessed from Figueroa via the side yard that now serves as a patio. I believe it was demolished in the 1970s. I did find a 1950 obituary for a Wilfred M. Hubert, who was 80 at the time and lived in the rear building. He had a son named Richard.
That's about all I can recall. They have not come to us on any current permits, nor have any been applied for, but I did get a call about them taking the facade apart.
Previously: on 5922 N. Figueroa St. was closed on Tuesday evening for construction efforts to the building's facade.
A tweet sent by The Little Cave's Twitter account on Tuesday afternoon indicated that the local hole in the wall will be back in business on Wednesday.
In the meantime, though, the facade work has unveiled an interesting glimpse into the building's past.
Beneath the layer of bricks that line the front of the local bar was a sign for the Highland Hofbrau--which purported to offer beer, pool and sandwiches.
Prior to becoming The Little Cave, the N. Figueroa St. location operated under the moniker of Richard's Hofbrau; however, it's history as the Highland Hofbrau is cloudy?
Do you remember the Highland Hofbrau? Have you even enjoyed cold beer and sandwich before playing a round of pool at the restaurant?
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