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There Might Be Hope Yet For Yealang Smith's Long-Delayed Soul in Hollywood

Signage and construction seem to show some life.

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.

Reach way back in the furthest cobwebby corners of your memory, and you may just remember the once-discussed Soul in Hollywood, a concept proposed by chef Yealang Smith. The place has been on-again-off-again for the better part of a decade, but lately there's been enough new movement to reignite all those rumors.

First up: this ABC license, which came alive back in June. It's also been posted up onto the space itself, which — surprise, surprise — is deep in the throes of construction, it seems. For much of the summer, the place has been boarded up, with workers coming and going inside.

Of course, that doesn't necessarily mean much. The healthy-eating soul food restaurant first had plans to occupy the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Sycamore starting way back in 2007, but as of 2012 it was still not quite there. Tack on another three years, and it seems pretty crazy that anything might be happening still. Yet, here we are.

Eater reached out to chef Smith regarding the relatively recent updates, but so far hasn't heard back. Hopefully it's coming (some day) though — the area could always a bit use more local flavor.