A rad new wine bar is coming to Highland Park’s already-busy York stretch soon. The place is called Holcomb, and it comes by way of a few very familiar neighbors.
Holcomb is the work of Dustin Lancaster, who is behind everything from El Condor and L&E Oyster Bar to the new Firehouse restaurant and hotel in the Arts District, and frequent partners Michael Blackman and Ross Stephenson of Hi Hat and the Hermosillo. The latter two are longtime property and business owners in the area, having turned Hermosillo into one of the city’s best beer bars while also spinning off Highland Park Brewery into its own restaurant and working beer facility down in Chinatown.
Unlike, say, Covell in Los Feliz, Holcomb will focus on more than just pouring wine. The building at York and 56 comes with a sizable patio and will carry its own robust food menu, making it an evening place to linger instead of just getting a drink and moving on. The offerings won’t lean quite as purposefully European as Lancaster’s Oriel in Chinatown; think of it as a casual space with a California vibe, like the wine version of the Hermosillo down the street.
As for timing, the trio says that final touches are happening now, and the hope is to open Holcomb before the end of the month. Hours will be 5 p.m. to midnight during the week, with a jump to 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Holcomb. 5535 York Blvd., Los Angeles, CA.