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NoHo's Iconic Barrel Restaurant Returns Next Week as Idle Hour

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The 1933 Group revamp is nearly complete.

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Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Behold the power of the barrel, soon to return to North Hollywood. The iconic spot is known as Idle Hour, and has been undergoing a revamp at the hands of the 1933 Group.

Now the place is almost ready for its return to the spotlight. Chris Amirault has been overhauling the options inside, while the building itself is set to return to a sense of Americana that hasn't been seen in a while — at least since 1984, when the building officially shuttered. Curbed snuck a pretty beat-up shot of the exterior of the place back in 2013, showing how the years of wear had weathered the place.

Newcomers should expect 1933's signature cocktail feel (they've got their license now and everything), with a heavy lean on whiskey drinks and classic preparations. The original stained glass is still up and running inside, ceiling planks have been repurposed as flooring and a communal fireplace keeps everyone cozy for those rare North Hollywood chills. The Bulldog Cafe, a private space on-site, will work for smaller group parties as well.

Idle Hour is still undergoing its final touches, but expect the barrel to open up next week.

Idle Hour
4824 N. Vineland Ave.
North Hollywood, CA