Callahan's Diner and Vienna Pastry, two old school Santa Monica businesses that have been around for decades, is being taken over by Bob Lynn and wife Sara Abbott, who acquired the building earlier this year. Because of Lynn's success in working with historically significant buildings and adaptive reuse (see: La Grande Orange in Pasadena and The Misfit in Third Street Promenade), he plans to keep the building's streamline moderne look.
Lynn hopes to bring the building to code and restore the diner back to its original condition, but the fare will change to a farm-to-table diner menu with produce from the Santa Monica famer's market. Discounts for seniors and a children menu will remain the same, keeping the every day friendliness of Callahan's in place.
While Lynn is applying for a liquor license, it won't be a major part of the operation, just to help keep the restaurant afloat. Meanwhile Vienna Pastry will continue to operate in its location, offering its mix of pastries and cakes.
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