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LAistory: Hollywood's Fred Harvey Restaurant & Cocktail Lounge

Vintage Hollywood postcard showing the Fred Harvey Restaurant
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The property at 1743 N. Cahuenga Boulevard [map], on a strip of street in Hollywood we often call the Cahuenga Corridor of late, is boarded up these days and undergoing yet another transformation. Over the past decade it's been the site of numerous trendy Hollywood hot spots, where paparazzi gather to ambush stars and heiresses with their flashes and coaxing into the wee hours. Paint it one color, call it White Lotus, give it a go as Ritual, renovate it and call it Halo. However, undergoing yet another makeover, the property has finally brought in the wrecking ball to take down some of the building's original structure, bringing to an end a piece of local history.

In December, work began to tear down the building that was once a Fred Harvey Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge, situated adjacent to what had been decades ago a Travel Center in the heart of Hollywood marrying transit and service for the many who came and went from the city of dreams.