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Work to Revive Idle Hour Cafe Begins

The venue has been out of commission since the 1980s.

It might not look like much, but there's finally some action going down at the long-shuttered La Cana Restaurant and Idle Hour Cafe on Vineland Avenue.

Restaurateur Bobby Green bought the historic property last year and announced plans in the fall to restore the structure to its former glory.

Two weeks ago, a blue tarp was thrown atop the barrel-shaped building and a new fence was put up in front, but Green is staying mum on details of what's to come.

"Ask me in a couple weeks and we should have plans back from the city and some illustrations," he said in an e-mail.

Idle Hour Cafe opened in 1941 and was last in operation as La Cana Restaurant in 1984.

Green owns 1933 Group, which has Bigfoot Lodge and Hollywood's Sassafras under its belt.

sheryl appleton February 07, 2013 at 07:42 PM
Bridget, are you "our" Bridget? we miss you at GTLNC Planning if you are.. xxo
sheryl appleton February 07, 2013 at 07:47 PM
Bob... I think the termites have been holding hands to keep the structure up, but so glad they will save it, or the remnants of it, instead of destroying more of what little history we still have left here in NOHO.. i went to art school just a block or 2 away at Samsel Art School, and I dont know if those little bungalows are still there? another family owned biz... I'd love to hear the stories about the "old lady" in the barrel cafe . maybe they will have seances and Murder Mystery outings there (even though there was no murder).. would be a good "ghostly" place to do it, me thinks. "-) just daydreaming
Cary Adams February 07, 2013 at 11:27 PM
You're correct about Dolores Fernandez. My mother knew her and husband Jose, as flamenco dancers. I also met each a number of times when they were doing shows around L.A. Dolores opened La Cana for flamenco and we attended the first night of entertainment. However, for some reason it just didn't work and shortly closed. As for parking there's much across the street with big gaps in traffic on Vineland and enough time to walk. This is will great for the community.
Bob Peppermuller February 08, 2013 at 01:25 AM
Sheryl: Yes the bungalows are still there but a For Lease sign is on the front. Here is one I bet you don't know about: The white colonial building on the SW corner of Vineland and Riverside. It is about 113 years old. It is the old Pacific Electric Interurban Railway (PE) power house that supplied power to the PE when it ran down where southbound Vineland is now from Chandler to Ventura Blvd. It is not a protected building like the Lankershim Station is.
Bob February 08, 2013 at 04:02 AM
Thanks to all who have provided some of the history and fun facts about this new venture. I feel like there is a slow surge happening for NoHo and this is just one small part of it. There's much to do but it is happening and I'm excited, as an artist, to be living here to see it all take shape.


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