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Ernesto Uchimura Resurrects Hollywood’s Short-Lived Gardner Junction

The new Electric Owl is officially opening soon

Gardner Junction Is a Blast to LA's Railroad Past
The former Gardner Junction, now Electric Owl
Wonho Frank Lee
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.

Chef Ernesto Uchimura is back on the scene it seems, quietly taking over the short-lived Gardner Junction space in Hollywood. The place came and went (after a lengthy build-out) in just four short months, but now tipsters have been emailing in to say work is being handled once again on property.

That is indeed true, as signage is now up for the new Electric Owl. The look of the place is still much the same as before, filled with brassy accents, some rustic touches, and a throwback theme that ties in the former train station sentiment.

Gone is chef Steve Brown, who has moved on to work down in San Diego, though some of the culinary storylines he left with the place remain. Eater reached Uchimura by phone, and he confirmed that while he will be on site the place won’t be a massively chef-driven restaurant. Guests can expect upscale American comfort food with a California-Mediterranean twist, along with a full bar and plenty of outdoor seating.

The unveiling of Electric Owl is slated for April 20, though some mock service nights will be going on in the meantime. From there, the plan is for Uchimura’s team to work five days of dinner service to start, with an expansion into happy hour, daytime service, and a full seven-day slate down the line.

Electric Owl
1451 N. Gardner St.
Los Angeles, CA