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Bobby Green's 1933 Group thinks big with Sassafras and Idle Hour

June 26, 2012 |  9:30 am

Bobby Green
Bobby Green, the face behind the 1933 Group, which owns Bigfoot Lodge, Bigfoot West, Thirsty Crow, Oldfield's Liquor Room and the recently opened La Cuevita in Highland Park, is taking his theme-bar flair to Hollywood with a new Southern-style bar called Sassafras.

Scheduled to open sometime in July, Sassafras is Green's most ambitious project to date. To build it he dismantled an old Gothic home from Savannah, Ga., and reassembled it in the bar. When you enter you can see three sides of the home and you can actually walk inside and get comfortable.

The booze list will focus on barrel-aged cocktails and house-made sodas and there will always be free hard-boiled eggs. In addition, small bar snacks will be on the menu, including gumbo and cornmeal biscuit sliders with smoked ham and blackberry jam.

Once he's done with Sassafras, Green will jump straight into his first full restaurant endeavor in North Hollywood. It's located in the barrel-shaped former La Cana restaurant, which was originally opened in the 1940s and called the Idle Hour. Green intends to restore both its original name and its original old-school feel.

For more on Green and 1933, check out this nightlife story in Calendar.


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Photo: Bobby Green inside his new Highland Park tequila bar, LA Cuevita. Credit: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times