UPDATE: So the Wild Hare will become the York...partner Ryan Ballinger contacted Eating LA to tell us that the York will hopefully open in June. Ballinger says the menu will be simple and fresh, with a signature burger and a few uncomplicated entrees. The wine program will be eclectic and affordable. Ryan is also involved with yet another cocktail bar opening on York...not sure what it's called.
And lots of restaurants want to move into Eagle Rock...the L.A. Times featured the still-in-tastings-mode Larkin's, while the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council recently heard plans for the Fat Dog Lounge at 1581 Colorado Blvd. with a full bar. Neighbors seem to be concerned about whether proposed restaurants will degenerate into nightclubs or remain the upscale restaurants that are originally pitched to the city. Looks like it's considerably easier to open something over on York.
Even the New York Times thinks NELA is hot...a recent article spoke glowingly of skyrocketing property values in the area, but didn't mention the lack of amenities such as quality grocery shopping, movie theaters or restaurants that aren't Mexican, especially in the Mt. Washington/Highland Park areas.