Last week, Chef James Graham reported on his own blog that he had received all the permits necessary to begin selling food and alcohol at his rustic French restaurant Ba on York Boulevard.
prompted user Kevin to leave the following comment: "I wonder what York blvd will be like in 10 years? If you bought property here after the bubble you will make a nice return. A French restaurant on York. Who would've thought?"
York certainly is changing, as has been noted both here and in publications like the Los Angeles Times.
Here's a quick rundown of some major changes on York in the last 18 months or so. (We'll move from West to East).
- Planning began for a on the former Steve's Gas Station lot
- Kristi Engle shut down, and a
- opened, next door to each other
- The , and was sold to a
- Highland Park Pawnbrokers changed owners and got a new facade
- La Vida Loca Galeria opened,
- Matt Schodorf (owner of) opened a
- in front of Do it Best Hardware
- Sawhorse opened
- was built
- Marty's closed, was replaced by Cafe Lobos, which
There's no doubt about it; York Boulevard is transforming rapidly. A Scoops Ice-Cream shop and Thai Shaved Ice are also rumored to be coming to the neighborhood. The Los Angeles Times hinted at two wine bars opening on the boulevard.
With local historian Charles Fisher in the process of compiling the results of a recent windshield survey on York--a look into the area's architectural past--it seems like an appropriate time to ask about the boulevard's future.
What do you think York will look like in ten years? Do you foresee a full-blown transformation that results in York looking more like Colorado Boulevard or even Old Town Pasadena? Will the balance of trendy shops, hardware stores and stalwart restaurants be maintained?
More importantly, what do you want York Boulevard to look like in 10 years? Do you like the direction its headed in, or would you steer it another way?
Tell us in the comments.