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Downtown nightlife impresario Cedd Moses and partner Eric Needleman will be taking over the long-vacant Harvey House restaurant space on the south side of the Union Station complex. Eater LA says there are few details, except that the operators have "the intent to maintain the historical ambiance of the room while stalling a brewpub vibe." The Metro release says something about a 20-year lease with the partners investing at least a million dollars to "maintain the historic ambience of the restaurant and bring it in to the current day as an American brew pub with a hometown menu." Nothing is expected to open for more than a year.
Adds Metro: "Messrs. Moses and Needleman are noted in Los Angeles as owner/operators of Seven Grand, Honeycut, The Edison, Broadway Bar and Varnish. Moses and Needleman have gained a respected reputation for the rehabilitation/ restoration of architecturally significant properties in downtown."
The Harvey House closed down in 1967. The space has been used for weddings, political fundraisers and location shooting, but the search for a permanent tenant has eluded Metro until now.
Once again, here's a favorite use of the space for a Fiona Apple music video: