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Idle Since '84, Idle Hour Cafe Set to Return

An old landmark may be restored.

The former Idle Hour Cafe and La Cana Restaurant is set to be renovated and reopened, according to Los Angeles Magazine.

Known as one of Los Angeles' last standing programmatic buildings (buildings that look like objects, like the Brown Derby) the barrel-shaped Idle Hour Cafe in NoHo on Vineland Avenue just north of Camarillo Street was opened in 1941 and was last open as a business in 1984 as La Cana, according to Curbed LA.

Now, after an auction on Saturday and its preservation as a City of Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument due to the efforts of Los Angeles Magazine's Chris Nichols, and its recent purchase at an auction by the owners of the Bigfoot Lodge in Los Feliz, the Idle Hour Cafe is set to return.

There is no word on when construction will begin, but we will keep our eyes peeled.

LABornAndRaised August 03, 2011 at 12:39 AM
So glad to see this place returned to its former glory. I wonder if it will be brown like the original pictures.
Joanna August 03, 2011 at 03:42 PM
What happened to the old lady flameco dancer who used to run the place/live there? Did she pass away? How about her dog?
Craig Clough (Editor) August 03, 2011 at 04:08 PM
She did pass away, according to the LA Mag story. The writer, Chris Nichols, not only has been following the cafe closely, he interviewed her while she was living there and even wrote the application for historical landmark status himself. (No word on the dog).
Cricket Yee August 03, 2011 at 09:44 PM
Very excited to hear it was given historic status-- I've heard it's an amazing space and am looking forward to seeing what the new owners are going to do to it! Keep us posted. My condolences to the previous owner's family. I had a friend that knocked on her door one day and got a tour from her.
Laura August 08, 2011 at 08:22 PM
That's good news - I never knew that building when it was open - but every time I drive past I wish they'd do something with it - glad to hear it's finally coming to pass.
Laura March 12, 2012 at 07:11 PM
So it's been a while - nothing, huh?
Craig Clough (Editor) March 12, 2012 at 10:14 PM
Coincidentally, I actually sent an email this morning checking up on this. I should have an update soon.
Joanna March 12, 2012 at 10:34 PM
Can't wait for an update! I emailed a few months ago when I last asked you what was up and never received a reply. The place is looking even worse for wear if that is possible.

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