Susan Feniger’s Street cafe on Highland is shuttered, its potpourri of international tastes on small plates no longer there for the Hancock Park crowd.
Feniger’s recent interview with LA Weekly illuminates her thoughts on why Street wasn’t right for the neighborhood:
“Street is still a passion, and we do very well with the catering part of it. It just never translated well. It might be the neighborhood — if we had opened in Silver Lake or on Rose Ave. in Venice maybe it would have been different. Also, it maybe could have been more relaxed, I maybe wanted it to feel a little dumpier. It was too much of a commitment, it felt like you should go there for a special occasion. People want to just come in, hang out and grab a bite. And we couldn’t do that with the setup we had.”
“Inside we’re putting in some booths and communal tables. The bar will be way more open and way more accessible. I want the indoor space and the outdoor space to mesh a little more. We are changing the whole feel. I plan to do Street again, and so I want this to be distinct and have its own personality.” – Susan Feniger, LA Weekly
The new version of Feniger’s restaurant at 742 N Highland Ave, will be called Mud Hen Tavern and is expected to open December 7th. You can follow Feniger on Twitter for up-to-date details, there is no website yet. The new spot is being called a gastropub with an emphasis on comfort food and speciality drinks. Not a very new concept, but knowing Susan Feniger, it will be delicious.