Long Dormant Idle Hour Cafe to Return

A local restaurateur is planning to start initial cleanup at the site in a few weeks.

It's hard to miss the barrel shaped building on Vineland Avenue that was once home to Idle Hour Cafe and La Cana Restaurant.

Located just north of Camarillo Street, it's been dormant since 1984, but one restaurateur is stepping in with plans to reopen the structure as the Idle Hour Cafe.

Last year, Bobby Green of 1933 Group purchased the property at an auction, but looks to get moving on the project were on hold while he worked to open Sassafras in Hollywood.

"The Idle Hour (AKA La Cana) is next on their list and Bobby tells me he is about to submit plans to the city and is going to work on initial clean up in the next few weeks," said Los Angeles Magazine columnist Chris Nichols, a friend of Green who also championed a petition that got the site designated as a landmark by the city of Los Angeles.

Idle Hour Cafe opened in 1941 under Michael Connolly and was last in operation as La Cana Restaurant in 1984.

Patch will keep you posted on when work on the restaurant begins.

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Sherry Barnett September 25, 2012 at 06:15 PM
Fantastic ... preserving this historic building and bringing it to life with an independently owned business to help the neighborhood flourish ... great news!
Laura September 25, 2012 at 06:21 PM
That's great news. Finally!
Craig Clough September 25, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Chris Nichols deserves a lot of credit for taking such a strong hand and making sure this building has been historically protected. Its glorious return will be a great day for NoHo.
Joanna September 26, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Fantastic! I was disappointed to see it was tagged last week, and also shocked that the taggers didn't fall through the roof!
sheryl appleton February 07, 2013 at 05:25 PM
Wish it were in our neighborhood council district.. but be great to have a chance to review the plans.. when or will the NOHO NC PLUM committee hear the plans? I'd love to attend.. :-) smiling.. this is great!


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