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Highland Park Hopes to Add Whimsical New Food Hall Called Billie Bird Market

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The future home of Billie Bird in Highland Park
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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.

If you look up “white hot dining trends” in the dictionary right now, there’s a good chance you’ll find dual entries for ‘food halls’ and ‘Highland Park,’ both of which are at the cusp of the current food and beverage conversations around Los Angeles. Now the two are intersecting in a major way with a new proposed food hall called Billie Bird Market, coming sometime down the line to York.

To be clear, this is not the proposed vegan beer hall also coming to York — that’s down the street. Instead, Billie Bird is a self-described “food and beverage destination” taking over 7,000 square feet of warehouse space currently occupied by The Hunt Vintage, an antiques store just east of the main York drag that includes Block Party, Town Pizza, Donut Friend, The Hermosillo, and The Hi-Hat. It’s situated almost right next to the long-running La Estrella taco truck, and provides 7,000 square feet of soaring open space, complete with bow truss ceilings and loads of sunlight.

Per some renderings, the 1926 building will be redesigned to accommodate seven new tenant stalls, with one a big wraparound bar in the middle and lots of communal seating spread at one end. You can find an early, whimsical drawing for the proposed project below.

No word on tenants for Billie Bird Market just yet; Eater reached out to the company in charge, but so far hasn’t heard back. In the meantime, it’s full steam ahead with an enormous amount of other food halls across the city, including the Altadena Marketplace further east, and big multi-story build outs on Beverly Boulevard to the west. More updates on Billie Bird Market as they come, but if you’re an operator looking for a space (and think this could be it) try giving leasing agents UrbanLime an email directly.

Billie Bird Marketplace
5317 York Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA