Highland Park Is Getting A Hipster Mini-Mall


It looks like a group of restaurants planning to open a mini-mall on Figueroa will be Highland Park's answer to Sunset Junction when it opens next year.

The row of businesses will include new locations of Silver Lake Wine and Intelligentsia Coffee, plus a restaurant called HPPO (by local catering company Heirloom LA) and a pizza place called Super Charley, according to Eater LA.

As previously reported by The Eastsider, the 7,000-square-foot, one-story space will be located near Figueroa and Avenue 60. Silver Lake Wine’s Randy Clement and Heirloom LA’s Matthew Poley teamed up to buy the building and will open a new Silver Lake Wine there, which, like the current shop in Silver Lake, will offer tastings and bottles for purchase in a 1,070-square-foot shop that accommodates 32 customers.

Poley and his Heirloom LA co-owner, Tara Maxey, will open HPPO (it stands for “Highland Park Post Office” but will be pronounced “hippo”) as their first physical shop (they have a food truck right now, in addition to doing catering) at the same building, with an outdoor patio, a full cocktail menu, wine, food and seating for up to 108 patrons. The team will also open a grab-and-go pizza spot with delivery called Super Charley, a reference to the Silver Lake Wine folks’ past working for the now-closed Campanile—“Super Charleys” are what they called their VIP customers.

And if that wasn’t enough to let you know that gentrification has officially taken over Figueroa, Doug Zell will open a new Intelligentsia location there as well, a few miles from its roasting headquarters in Glassell Park. Those concerned about the neighborhood should also know the owners promised not to have live music or dancing at the shops after hearing from local groups.

The stores will be on the same block as a slew of other new HLP places, including the bar La Cuevita, fellow catering company/coffee shop Kitchen Mouse, record store Mount Analog and art gallery Slow Culture. Of course, if hipster coffee and wine isn’t your thing, there are a lot of down-home favorites on Figueroa to check out.

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