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51 Tavern in Highland Park Flips to New French Bistro From Some Familiar Names

Claudio Blotta of Barbrix and All’Acqua has big ideas for an underused space

Recess Is Highland Park's New Pub for the Masses
The former 51 Tavern
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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.

Looks like LA Weekly nailed yesterday’s speculative post on the head, as indeed the (now former) 51 Tavern space on York in Highland Park will be flipping to a French restaurant soon. Behind the unnamed project are Claudio and Adria Blotta, longtime restaurateurs known primarily for their Eastside spots like brunch favorite Barbrix and All’Acqua, as well as Market Provisions on Beverly Boulevard.

Reached for comment, Claudio Blotta indeed confirmed their plans to put a French-leaning escape into the gorgeous restaurant space along white-hot York, but maintained that the place will be a more casual and comfortable fit for the neighborhood than perhaps 51 Tavern (which before that was Recess Eatery) had been. No white tablecloths, just a full bar and relaxed bistro vibe.

Claudio says they’ve only just gotten keys and things are moving quickly, so the restaurant doesn’t even have a name just yet. Still it’s a project they’ve thought about a lot over the years while subtly looking for spaces, so expect things to come together fast. A three-month refresh of the restaurant space is likely, so look for an opening in early fall at 5022 York Boulevard.