‘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 24, 2014 at 11:18 PM
Im glad to see I'm not the only one with that feeling about the new crowd on York. Another bar is a bad idea. I was glad to see liqueur stores were closing down from corner to corner. Now its bar from store to store. Cleaner customer, maybe. But ask the wife fromthe drunk leaving these bars feels... You would think the city would regulate this, but I guess they just hear cha ching. I doubt it brings more employment then the rate of drunks losing their jobs. Don't even start the cocaine use in these places.
Picorian January 24, 2014 at 11:39 PM
Love how the area is getting better and better, and looking forward to what comes about here. Also totally agree that the Figueroa strip totally needs some upgrading as well.
Fernando lopez January 24, 2014 at 11:59 PM
They just opened up a bar there too
Nimby pimp January 25, 2014 at 12:06 AM
I get the sense that some locals feel uncomfortable about the changes because they feel inferior to whites. That's unfortunate.
Fernando lopez January 25, 2014 at 12:49 AM
Lol. Most of them look like dirt bags. Oops I promised no name calling
Nimby pimp January 25, 2014 at 12:58 AM
Then why do you let them make you feel inferior?
Fernando lopez January 25, 2014 at 01:14 AM
I don't carry that slave mentality. I wouldn't trade who I am for nothing. The problem is I figured out their worse then we are. You can dress up a pig in many different ways, but at the end of the day its still a pig. Now don't get me wrong. There's some really cool people mixed in there. So I don't want to throw everyone in the same pot. So I'm not going engage like I have before. Too many readers working with feeling and take things too personal. But I will agree things are getting better. Todos se limpia la cola igual.
Fernando lopez January 25, 2014 at 01:16 AM
Don't get it twisted either I'm not talking about race. Some of my best homboys growing up were white boys.
Nimby pimp January 25, 2014 at 01:22 AM
So maybe you don't resent their race, maybe you resent their class advantage. We all feel a little jealous of somebody. It's normal.
Fernando lopez January 25, 2014 at 01:45 AM
Ahhh what class advantage. Unless they travel from upper class areas to visit us there is none. Got some newbies on my block. They all rent. Thrift store clothing, though I hate to sound materialistic. Not in name brand but ill like to know I'm the only who's farted in my pants. So you lost me nimpy. Unless your sterotyping me and think my job sucks, and have no career.
Nimby pimp January 25, 2014 at 01:54 AM
There is a reason you feel so resentful of these people and the improvements they bring. Do they not treat you with respect? Are you afraid of new things? Did you think Italianos was something special?
Nimby pimp January 25, 2014 at 01:55 AM
BTW, education is a greater class advantage than designer garments.
Fernando lopez January 25, 2014 at 02:04 AM
Lol. I've never eaten in that place in 34yrs, I'm a filleros pizza man. I didn't even realize that place was up for lease and I pass it every day. Education never stops. I bet you wouldn't believe me I'm studying right now. And these people get all the credit for the changes? This is a second third and forth generational Latino neighborhood. You don't think that the people original here finally got fed up and, stood up and demanded changed. How many Latinos are in the north east department. How many of our politicians are raza born and raised right here my friend. That park on 50 who approved it? Come on my friend.
Fernando lopez January 25, 2014 at 02:05 AM
They finally deem it safe to move in that's all.
Fernando lopez January 25, 2014 at 02:08 AM
Plus they can't afford to live in downtown where they really want to be. So they set up camp around it. Highland park, echo park, they can keep weird ass silver lake. So where's the class advantage?
Nimby pimp January 25, 2014 at 02:10 AM
Credit for the changes should rightly be shared with elected officials and cops alike. But you are still not answering the question - why do you have a problem with the newcomers and the positive changes?
Fernando lopez January 25, 2014 at 02:18 AM
Well you want me to generalize and I won't. So where is the class advantage. Maybe you think their superior? That's too bad. You wouldn't understand even if I told you. Then you want to fire up your cheerleaders and fart up a shit storm. Don't want to do that again. But thanks for acknowledging the officials and cops alike. Guess who put them in office? Guess who rasised them cops. My cousin is a sheriff and lives down the street. Now he knows how I feel about a lot of the boys in blue. But that's still my cousin.
Nimby pimp January 25, 2014 at 02:21 AM
I certainly don't believe them to be superior, which is why I don't have a problem with them as you appear to.
Fernando lopez January 25, 2014 at 02:27 AM
Do you believe they have a class advantage over you? No, only the ones that get their heads tapped danced on at the York when they don't know how to hold their liquor. Buenas noches. Past my bed time.
tecuanibrownberet January 25, 2014 at 02:52 AM
Nimby pimp January 25, 2014 at 03:06 AM
@beret - Rather than scapegoat others, learn English before it's too late.
insideguy January 25, 2014 at 03:13 AM
beret - who said this town was yours? Pay attention to Nimby and learn English.
El Cid January 25, 2014 at 12:25 PM
“The key to change... is to let go of fear.” I've lived in HP since 1962. Not once have I been confronted by anyone asking me, "Where you from?" Grew up near Avenue 37, my parents eventually moved North of York. My experiences have always been positive! My parents raised us to be respectful, kind, and demanded us to perform academically. I was raised not to judge people by their cover, rather extend kindness and judge them by their actions! No one has superiority over me unless I allow them to have it!
Nimby pimp January 25, 2014 at 12:40 PM
Cid - You nailed it. Those who have self-respect and discipline and take responsibility for themselves, need not feel threatened by changes brought by the newcomers.
Punky January 25, 2014 at 04:39 PM
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt, This is My Story
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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