Phil's Diner in NoHo to reopen with a modern twist
There was great mourning and moaning and gnashing of teeth (and more than a few carb-withdrawals) when Phil's Diner, a quintessential greasy spoon housed in a charming but crumbling wood-paneled dining car, closed down in the 1990s. Now, with a new owner and some help from L.A.'s Community Redevelopment Agency, the much-loved diner (someone even stole the sign) is headed back to life. Downtown NoHo was one of the first with the news:
The CRA Board approved a plan for a new modern office building, a luxurious Laemmle’s eight-screen theater, and a restored and operating Phil’s Diner. The diner will be moved to the corner of Lankershim and Weddington –- across from the El Portal Theater -– where it will be restored to its 1920’s condition and reopen as a restaurant, and to become the centerpiece of the theater courtyard.
Today's Daily News has a bit more info on the new owner's plans:
Owner Casey Hallenbeck plans to reopen — and reinvent — Phil's at the NoHo Commons project, at Lankershim and Weddington Street.
He promises that the reborn Phil's will feature the best of yesterday with a modern twist.
"It is going to be like a classic piece of Route 66 memorabilia," Hallenbeck said.
But far from the greasy burgers and fries and heavy blue-plate specials, the new Phil's will include organic salads, locally harvested produce, and biodegradable takeout containers.
No greasy burgers? Then it's not really going to be Phil's.
--Veronique de Turenne
Photo: Brian Vander Brug / Los Angeles Times