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There Are Plans To Open A New Gastropub At Union Station's Historic Harvey House

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Vintage photo of the Harvey House restaurant in Union Station (Photo courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection)
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The historic Harvey House in Union Station hasn't been occupied by a restaurant since it closed its doors in 1967. But now, a new gastropub from the guys who brought to downtown joints like Cole's and Seven Grand is in the works to fill the space.

Metro's blog, The Source, reported today that the Metro Board of Directors are deciding this month on whether to give Cedd Moses and Eric Needleman of Spirited Group the lease on the place, now dubbed the Fred Harvey Room. If the board approves the lease at its Oct. 2 meeting, then the duo, who are also known for other ventures like Broadway Bar, the Golden Gopher and Casey's Irish Pub, will get to open shop. It would take an estimated several months to a year for the restaurant to open—and the renovations would be done under the watch of an architectural historian.

The original Harvey House was owned by Fred Harvey and designed by Southwestern architect Mary Colter. Known for its fine dining and female servers, it even inspired the 1946 film, The Harvey Girls, starring Judy Garland. The prestige of the Harvey girls who waited tables was on par with something like PanAm stewardesses.

In its most recent years, the Fred Harvey House has been only available for filming and special events. Fiona Apple shot her music video for "Paper Bag" at the location, which can be seen here:

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