‘New-Concept’ Bar and Restaurant to Replace Italiano’s Pizza on York

An experienced East Coast restaurateur is evidently an investor in one of the most prized commercial corners of Highland Park.

Italiano's Pizza has lost its lease on York and Avenue 51. (Photo credit: Ajay Singh).
Italiano's Pizza has lost its lease on York and Avenue 51. (Photo credit: Ajay Singh).

In the nearly five months that Donut Friend has won over a steady clientele of sweet-toothed customers on York Boulevard and Avenue 51, the commercial appeal of that particular stretch of Highland Park appears to have greatly increased.

After all, as Eastsider L.A. reported last week, Paul Gianonne, owner of the well-regarded Brooklyn, NY-based pizzeria Paulie Gee, had plans to launch one of his wood-fired pizza joints two stores west of Donut Friend, directly next to Scoops, the East Hollywood-based gelateria, in the corner space recently vacated by Italiano’s Pizza. (The Italiano's on Figueroa continues to remain open.) However, Gianonne’s plans didn’t exactly materialize, and he might end up opening a pizzeria downtown, according to the Eastsider.

So, what’s going to replace Italiano’s? (The Eastsider mentioned, without naming names, that “another tenant is preparing to move in.”) Turns out that Italiano’s successor is going to be a “new-concept” bar and restaurant, according to Alex Shabani, a real estate agent with Centers Business Management, a Los Angeles-based property company that helped sign a lease surrounding the deal.

Shabani told Patch that Italiano's shut down because it lost its lease—something that was in the works since at least last summer—and that the owners of the upcoming bar and restaurant want to maintain a low profile for now. What the real estate agent did disclose is that at least one of the investors is an experienced East Coast restaurateur.

The suspense isn’t likely to last long though. The new restaurant is expected to open in four to six months—“maybe sooner”—Shabani said.

Fernando lopez January 25, 2014 at 04:58 PM
Tom January 26, 2014 at 12:07 PM
Great. Just what Highland Park needs, another Bar and Restaurant. So what happened to my original post, and why is Patch censoring non foul language?
Nimby pimp January 26, 2014 at 12:24 PM
Tom - Brilliant, insightful posts such as yours are occasionally confiscated by the NSA for review and analysis.
Fernando lopez January 26, 2014 at 12:54 PM
@tom, I agree with you brother but your post is still posted. Just scroll up to previous comments and there it is. Pinche limpy, I must say your a great instigator.
Nimby pimp January 26, 2014 at 01:03 PM
@fern burger - Just listen and learn.


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