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New book’s photographs extend from 1840s to today’s digital images.

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Crossroads of the World — is at a crossroad

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“Negotiation.” “Compromise.” “Community benefit.” “Shared values.” Words (and the attitudes and values they represent) matter. Historic preservation has always been a field in which these concepts have been employed. When precious real estate is at stake, and there is profit to be made, people in these conversations need to be mindful of what these words mean to them. This has enormous immediacy for our area of Los Angeles while several development projects involving historic resources are making their ways through the planning process. The best time for discussion about what is important about a site is before there is an actual project on the table. CBS Television City Case in point: the successful resolution of the CBS Television City Historic Cultural Monument (HCM) discussion preceding action by the Cultural Heritage Commission. This was a case where the Los Angeles Conservancy and the owner held intensive conversations about character-defining features. Ultimately, both parties supported the designation.

Another approach is developer / community discussions about a project to determine what uses work for both. Developers of large projects seeking density bonuses and zone changes are required to provide information to the

McAvoy on Preservation by

Christy McAvoy surrounding community and their government representatives through the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) process, a “full disclosure” process that analyzes the impacts of a specific project with developer-identified goals. The process allows the public to comment through written statements and hearings. Acceptance of the proposed project is up to government decision-makers (the Planning Department and City Council). Crossroads of the World Currently in the hearing stage is the aptly (and possibly ironically) named “Cross(Please turn to page 8)

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Harvesting results: from the earth and from the camera in new book

Boomers! Barring flood or fire, most of you (us) have at least a handful of black and white photographs from childhood, serrated and deckle edged. Besides cakes in kitchens with one or two flaming candles, the rest were likely taken outside — in the yard, in the garden, and, especially, in front of anything abloom. The affinity of the camera with the elements of the cultivated landscape dates to the very beginning of chemical photography, in 1839. But the visual tradition was well established through 2,000 years of images — think Egyptian tombs and Roman walls. It was natural for the tinkerers of the new technology to roam

COLUMNIST in her grandmother’s Ohio garden, 1949.

Home Ground by

Paula Panich

out of doors — early photographers needed daylight for those long exposures. The pleasures of a new book, “The Photographer in the Garden,” published by the George Eastman Museum and Aperture Press this year, are unending. (George Eastman co-founded the Eastman Kodak Co. in 1888.) The new book’s photographs extend from the 1840s to 2015, well into our time of digital images. Garden lovers, you will be in paradise when amongst the pages of this book. The book is organized not by chronology but by categories — Paradise Garden, Arranged Flowers, Form and Nature, and four others. In this way, we lucky viewers and readers can see the “eye” of photographers using various technologies over the span of close to 180 years. Jamie Allen, associate curator at the George Eastman Museum, organized the exhibition upon which the book is based.

Can you imagine choosing among thousands upon thousands of images of gardens? Among the well-known photographers (others are anonymous and amateur) included in the compilation are: Karl Blossfelt, Paul Strand, Imogene Cunningham, Gertrude Kasebier, Walker Evans, Man Ray, Robert Mapplethorpe, Lee

Friedlander, Robert Adams, and Edward Steichen, a delphinium breeder of note. One of my favorite photographs in the book is by Larry Sultan: “Los Angeles, Early Evening,” from 1986, a double-page spread capturing the magic of the dusky light of Los Angeles. In “The Gardeners,” the

third section of the book, an image by Hippolyte Bayard, “Composition au chapeau,” was taken in about 1847. Bayard, according to the excellent, succinct, and learned text by Sarah Anne McNear, was a French “civil servant who invented a ‘direct positive’ photograph(Please turn to page 20)


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West Hollywood/Hancock Park/Beverly Hills Condo | Up To $2.5M Client is ideally looking for a penthouse pocket with a balcony and amazing views. Building must be upscale, have character, be new or historically significant, and beautiful. She would prefer to stay away from properties on Sunset or Doheny. Condo In Hancock Park | Up To $2M Clients would like a unit at Country Club Manor. Home In Cheviot Hills, Beverlywood, Miracle Mile, Baldwin Hills, Weho, or Ladera Heights | $1.3M Client would like to view move in ready pockets. Home In Hancock Park/Wilshire, Beverly Center/Miracle Mile, Hollywood, Silver Lake/Echo Park, Hollywood Hills, or Sunset Strip Up To $1M Clients would like to view pockets where they can start a family”

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Brookside re-zoned for variable building mass In 2017, the City of Los Angeles amended its zoning code to address out-of-scale developments and related construction impacts in singlefamily neighborhoods. After significant controversy in a community divided over what part of a house remodel should have increased mass — just the rear or anywhere on the building — the Los Angeles City Council accepted Councilman David Ryu’s recom-

mendation May 23 to allow increased mass anywhere on a building in Brookside. The new zone adopted for Brookside is called R1V3-RG. That means that, within the existing Brookside single-family zone (R1), there now will be a sub-zone called a Variation Zone of the third type (V3) and the required detached garage for a house must be located at the rear of the lot (RG). The affected area is from

Highland Avenue (both sides) to Muirfield Road (both sides) between Olympic Boulevard and Eighth Street. (It also includes the west side of Highland Avenue between Eighth and Wilshire.) Sycamore Square had a similar R1V3-RG zone adopted (without controversy) for portions of Orange Drive and Citrus Avenue. The new zone restrictions should be effective in early-to-mid-July.

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SOLD: This Windsor Square home at 4665 W. 4th St. was listed for $1,950,000 and was sold in April for $2,605,000.

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110 N. Van Ness Ave. 543 N. Arden Blvd. 301 N. Plymouth Blvd. 4665 W. 4th St. 210 N. Van Ness Ave. 221 S. Lucerne Blvd. 560 S. Bronson Ave. 115 N. Lucerne Blvd. 814 S. Mullen Ave. 941 S. Citrus Ave. 106 N. Lucerne Blvd. 336 N. Norton Ave. 1271 3rd Ave. 343 N. Irving Blvd. 434 N. Gower St. 564 N. Irving Blvd. 323 N. Norton Ave. 947 S. Citrus Ave. 635 Seward St. 1229 S. Rimpau Blvd. 4826 Edgewood Pl.


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Locals, firefighters turn out for groundbreaking

HANCOCK PARK Garden Club is thanked by Councilman David Ryu for its contribution to the Centennial Garden project at local Fire Station 29. Accepting are, from left, Garden Club members Julie Grist, Jennifer Fain and Helen Hartung. Observing at right is City of Los Angeles Fire Chief Ralph M. Terrazas.

By John Welborne Neighbors marked the success of a local fundraising campaign led by Lyn MacEwen Cohen and the First-In Fire Foundation, of which she is the founding president, on a drizzly Saturday morning, May 12. A large gathering of neighbors rallied at Fire Station 29, located in Windsor Square, at the corner of Van Ness Ave. and Wilshire Blvd., to kick off the construction of the “Firehouse Centennial Garden” that will improve the look of that corner for firefighters and

the community — and will do so with drought-tolerant, native plants. It also was Fire Service Day, and numerous leaders from the City of Los Angeles Fire Department command staff, including Chief Ralph M. Terrazas, participated in the ceremonies. Councilman David Ryu said that he and the Fire Chief planned to visit several other Council District 4 fire stations later in the day, but both made it clear that this first visit was very special. (Please turn to page 23)

LYN MACEWEN COHEN, president of the First-In Fire Foundation, was made an Honorary Fire Chief at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new, drought-tolerant garden.





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(Continued from page 2) roads” project involving parcels in the Sunset / Las Palmas / Highland / Selma section of Hollywood. The project, which has been somewhat modified already due to earlier community comment and the recent designation of the Hollywood Reporter Building as an HCM, proposes a dense residential district and hotel development. At present, its design approach will result in the demolition of several identified historic resources, including some Craftsman bungalows that are among the oldest in the community. It also will add new construction to the National Register-listed Crossroads of the World, and it also will demolish a cluster of 1930s courtyard apartments on Las Palmas Avenue and a 1920s two-story commercial building next to Crossroads. Historic properties in very close proximity are the Baptist Church on Selma Avenue and Blessed Sacrament Church on Sunset Boulevard. New hotel A hotel is proposed to be located across the street from the National Register-listed Hollywood High School. The Egyptian Theater and the Hollywood Boulevard Commercial and Entertainment Dis-

POSTCARD FROM 1937. Courtesy Los Angeles Conservancy archives

A DENSE residential district and a hotel are being proposed at the historic Crossroads of the World. Laura Dominguez/L.A. Conservancy

trict are a block to the north. The project is in a transitoriented development zone, where planners are encouraging more density on the theory that residents can take advantage of public transportation and alleviate traffic. There is a great need for affordable housing, and the project does provide some of that. So, the discussion is complex. An analyzed alternative to the proposed project, which meets the requirements of the current Community Plan and saves the endangered build-

ings, has been declared financially unfeasible by a reputable consulting firm. EIR comments The majority of the written comments to the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) were not supportive, although the project does have supporters. Over and over, in its responses to specific comments in the Final EIR, the applicant states that the CEQA analysis is sufficient but that the writers’ comments “will become part of the administrative record and will be considered by decision

makers.” The comments were heard in front of planning staff members on May 15 in preparation for a future City Planning Commission meeting. In addition, the Cultural Heritage Commission heard nominations for five remaining properties on May 17 and recommended to the City Council that four of them be approved as Historic-Cultural Monuments. What’s next? At the moment, we in the general public cannot know whether additional negotiation and compromise will result in more clarity about the community benefit of this project ... or in a clear statement by the city of its oftprofessed acknowledgement of historic preservation as a

value for Los Angeles. It is my personal opinion that more discussion is necessary to arrive at a solution which can “save the past and enrich the future,” to borrow a phrase from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. I truly believe there is an economically feasible, context-appropriate project with less severe impacts to historic resources here, and that there are good minds on the development team, in the community, and in the city who can craft such a project. The EIR did disclose the issues, but it is not the end of the conversation. Let Councilmembers O’Farrell and Ryu, the Planning Commission, and the Office of Historic Resources know your thoughts.

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Tour Wilshire Boulevard Temple sanctuary with restoration architect

Tour the sanctuary at Wilshire Boulevard Temple with the architect who designed the renovation and restoration of the historic site at 3663 Wilshire Blvd. The event, sponsored by the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, is on Sun., June 24 from 10 to 11 a.m. Brenda A. Levin, FAIA, and Levin & Associates Architects renovated the 1929 design by A.M. Edelman and Allison & Allison. The temple was commissioned by Warner Bros. studio chief Jack Warner and two of his brothers. The interior features

black marble, gold inlay, mosaics, Biblical-themed murals and a Byzantine dome. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981. The renovation, completed in 2013, included new castings to replace deteriorated or lost pieces, and the ceiling was repainted, glazed and re-gilded. The murals were cleaned, infill painted and reattached. The Rose Window art glass was removed, cleaned and releaded for re-installation. The sanctuary has been seismically upgraded to include new shear walls and roof reinforcing. Speakers and lighting have been installed in niches to miti-

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Rare tour of Gilmore Adobe offered at annual WSHPHS meeting

Take a guided tour of the Historic Gilmore Adobe, including the house, grounds, orchard, vintage cars and even chickens during the 42nd annual Windsor-Square-Hancock Park Historical Society meeting Sun., June 24 at 3 p.m. The home is not open to the public, so this is a rare opportunity, said Myrna Gintel. “Saving CBS” Speaker Adrian Scott Fine will talk on “Saving CBS.” He is Director of Advocacy for the Los Angeles Conservancy. Fine oversees the Conservancy’s outreach and advocacy on key preservation issues within Los Angeles. Richard Battalgia will be installed as president at the event, which includes presentation of the Historic Landmark award. Other

officers are Damona Hoffman, Myrna Gintel, Carol Wertheim and Fluff McLean. The Historic Gilmore Adobe is located between the Farmers Market and The Grove at Third and Fairfax. Built in 1852 The Gilmore Adobe was built in 1852 and has served the Gilmore family since Arthur Gilmore purchased the house and 256 acres in 1880. It has been converted to the Farmers Market administrative offices. Tickets are $45 for members and $60 for nonmembers. Reservations are required by Mon., June 18, and can be made through PayPal. Visit or email wshphs@ for more information.

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Darkly funny one-act, American electoral system in song As Forever Bound by Steve Apostolina opens, a young girl, who we later learn is Rosalind (Emily Goss), crosses to stage right and remains sitting in partial darkness throughout the beginning of the act, the first of many intriguing aspects of this interesting play. Lights up on the apartment, stage left, of rare book dealer Edmund (the never disappointing French Stewart, “3rd Rock

From the Sun”). His décor is interesting, a collection of large cockroaches taped to the wall. The landlord claims there is no roach problem and Ed has been given a 30-day notice to vacate, and bankruptcy cannot be far behind. Fellow book dealer Shep (playwright Steve Apostolina) arrives, and solutions to Ed’s problems are discussed. Lights up stage right, and Thomas (Rob Nagle) arrives.

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Patricia Foster Rye He’s Rosalind’s teacher. The current subject is Coleridge’s “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.” Rosalind’s manner seems intimidated at best, and we’re not sure where we are. Back at the apartment, Shep and Ed concoct a scheme to rob Thomas (the teacher but also a rare book collector) of a rare tome worth thousands. What follows in this one-act is a delicious series of mysteries and revelations that leads to a fascinating, if grim, conclusion, but to say more would spoil the fun. It is always a joy to watch Mr. Stewart work, and in this darkly funny play he is pitch-perfect and supported by a terrific cast. Through June 16, Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave. 4 Stars • • • Soft Power, play and lyrics by David Henry Hwang, music and additional lyrics by Jeanine Tesori, is billed as “A Play with a Musical.” The first act opens in the offices of Dragon Media in Hollywood where Xue Xing (Conrad Ricamora), a Chinese executive, has arrived to hear a pitch for an American TV series set in Shanghai. The time is just before the 2016 election, and everyone fully expects Hillary Clinton

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to win. We quickly learn that DHH (Francis Jue), a fictionalized version of Mr. Hwang, has written the series pilot script and is ready to “sell” it. The dialogue is fast, smart and very funny. A variety of topics is covered including an admiration and affection for “The King and I,” the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical of the 1950s. The titular soft power also is discussed and refers to the international cultural influence that China seeks in the world. DHH suffers a serious stabbing attack, and this event catapults the play into the musical genre. The delineation is clear as we experience a huge set piece of a passenger plane rolling on stage, scenic design by David Zinn, with brilliant stage lighting, design by Mark Barton. Next, a chorus of singers / dancers appears, many doubling later in various roles. There’s a scenario where Hillary (Alyse Alan Louis) and Xue meet and fall in love, a lesson in pronouncing Mandarin Chinese, an over-the-top riff on the American electoral system in song, a campaign rally at a glitzy McDonald’s and a take on the current gun crisis — all supported by Ms. Tesori’s hummable tunes and framed by some energetic choreography by Sam Pinkleton. Through June 10, Ahmanson Theatre, The Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave. 213-9724400. 4 Stars • • • Wood Boy Dog Fish by Chelsea Sutton is a reimagining of Carlo Collodi’s “The Adventures of Pinocchio.” The first hint that this is not your childhood Pinocchio is the pre-show and lobby display

reminiscent of a turn-of-thelast-century’s carnival exhibition of freaks and curiosities, open one hour before curtain. Prop design for the show and lobby display is by Hardly Human FX. The show is billed as “mature and delightfully macabre.” The Cricket is killed (although he’s now a commercial spokesman), there is a blue poltergeist Blue (Tane Kawasaki) haunting all, and the legendary Dog Fish (Paul Turbiak, he also plays Cricket), a terrible sea monster, preys on our greatest fears. His famous Adventure Ride, in the shantytown of Shoreside, has been closed. Geppetto (Ben Messmer) has been tasked to repair it. It’s about this time that Geppetto creates Wood Boy (voiced by Rudy Martinez and manipulated by Japanese Noh-type puppeteers covered head to toe in black — no strings). The supporting cast of characters, some wearing commedia dell’arte masks, plays various villains and friends of the plucky little puppet. The puppetry is excellent. The core question of what it means to be real is pursued by Wood Boy. Original music is by Adrien Prevost. This show combines multiple production values including song, dance, interactive sets, projected media and 3-D experiences (glasses are provided.) At times, it’s audience interactive, including haze / smoke, strobe lights and a benediction of water. Rated PG-13; it includes mature content and is not intended for young audiences. Through June 24, The Garry Marshall Theatre, 4252 West Riverside Dr., Burbank, 818-955-8101. 3 Stars

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Jonathan (Mr Turk) will be at the launch party at their Larchmont Boutique, 212 N. Larchmont Blvd., Thurs., May 31 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The swimwear collection inspired by the film encourages an adventurous lifestyle and for consumers to embrace their inner superheroes. “I’m a big fan of ‘The Incredibles!’ I love the references in the production design to iconic mid-century modern architecture in Palm Springs, as well as the dynamic characters, especially Edna Mode,” Trina Turk said.   The 12-piece line consists of black active-wear pieces with graphic red and white stripes and the “Incredibles” logo, black and ivory geometric print jersey dresses, women’s sunglasses and men’s swim and active pieces. Prices range from $56 - $288.  The “Incredibles 2” movie opens in theaters June 15.

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Get all your backyard barbecue ‘fixin’s’ at the Original Farmers Market From the meat and sauce to the salad, the vendors at the Original Farmers Market,

6333 W. Third St., have the fixin’s you need for your next backyard barbecue. Steaks, chops and ground beef can be bought at Huntington Meats. Find chicken

for kabobs and hot wings at Marconda’s Puritan Poultry. Marinades and sauces, as well as live lobster, shrimp, tuna and salmon are at Monsieur Marcel Seafood Market.

Check out spicy hot sauces from around the world at Light My Fire. Freshen your table with tablecloths, napkins and skewers from Sur La Table. Find tasty, flavorful produce

for salads or roasting on the grill at Farm Boy Produce and Farm Fresh Produce. And there’s always more to explore. Visit

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‘Low and Slow’ Gilmore Heritage Auto Show June 2

The 24th annual Gilmore Heritage Auto Show, “Low and Slow,” highlighting lowriders, comes to the Original Farmers Market Sat., June 2 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Of the more than 100 classic cars on display, 30 will be lowriders, including cars from the Style Car Club of Los Angeles, and featuring a 1963 Chevrolet Impala SS and a 1947 Cadillac convertible. “Nothing in the automotive world is more uniquely American and emblematic of L.A.’s diverse culture than the highly respected Lowrider,” said Ilysha Buss, Farmers Market marketing director. “From detailed airbrushed artwork to high-performance hydraulic features, the Lowrider is an enduring artistic style that continues to be embraced by Angelenos.” Summer Music Series The Original Farmers Market summer music series continues on Fridays on the West Patio stage from 7 to 9 p.m. Rick Whitfield, who has performed with Lou Rawls, the Gypsy Kings and Mel Torme, plays June 1. The Caribbean band Upstream plays reggae and soca June 8. Cuban Orquesta Charangoa is June 15. Bleeding Harp plays blues June 22. Jennifer Lietham Trio plays modern jazz June 29.

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Le Petit Greek’s 30th: family tradition that goes back more than a century

By Rachel Olivier Thirty years ago, May 25, Thomas Houndalas opened the doors at 127 N. Larchmont Blvd. as Le Petit Greek Estiatorio. A year and a half later, brother Dimitris joined him in the new venture that would become one of Larchmont Vil-

lage’s most venerable establishments. But when it comes to the Houndalas family history as restaurateurs and hospitality, 30 years is just a drop in the proverbial bucket. Though no fuss was made last month for the anniversary, Nora Houndalas, wife of

Dimitris, said that their goal that day was to “prepare great food” and to “serve our customers with care, to respect our employees, and to quietly nod to each other ‘well done.’” And maybe enjoy some baked sweets. That sounds like a well-de-

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served celebration for anyone 30 and over, especially in a family that has held the tradition of food and hospitality in its heart for more than a century. Adaptation Nora said that they have stayed in business this long because they have learned that “in life, as well as business, one must learn to be adaptable,” while remaining true to oneself. Besides adapting to changes in the economy, regulations and laws, there also are changes in consumer interests in food and how and what guests choose to eat. Le Petit Greek has gone through changes over the years. The restaurant began with 10 tables in 1988, and it expanded to include an outdoor patio in 1997. There was also the writers’ strike in 2007, and after that the recession. And of course now, many people take advantage of delivery services, ordering their food to go instead of dining in. And the work is not easy. Many sacrifices have been made along the way, said Nora, including losing sleep and missing out on family time. However, the goal of creating and serving good food remains the same, she maintained. “We treat people like family, we root ourselves in our business and we care. That is [our] family legacy. Prepare fresh, simple ingredients, cook authentic Hellenic cuisine with a California twist [and]  give excellent service.” Nora also noted that Hellenic cuisine is healthy, which is especially important to Dimitris, who writes the blog on the restaurant’s website. He focuses on keeping the food health conscious as well as delicious. One additional change is that Thomas Houndalas has stepped back from the restaurant in Los Angeles to run a bed and breakfast, also named Le Petit Greek, in Santorini, Greece. From Greece in 1901 The tradition of hospitality seems to run strong throughout the Houndalas family. As with many family histories, parts of the origin story are a bit fuzzy. According to the family history book, written by Mary Germain Hountalas, wife of Dan Hountalas (both

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now co-owners of The Cliff House in San Francisco), three brothers came from Nafplion, Greece in 1901. (Variances in spelling the family name are due to different translations of the Greek alphabet as family members came to the U.S.) There is some speculation that others in the family immigrated to the U.S. as early as 1850. What is known is that the three brothers — Mihalis (Michael), Thomas and Louis — opened a small restaurant in San Francisco called The Cliff Café, which Michael continued to run for many years. World War I After several years, Thomas, the grandfather of current Le Petit Greek owners Thomas and Dimitris, went back to Greece to find a wife. While he was there, however, World War I broke out, and he stayed in Greece to help his family through the war while his brothers remained in San Francisco. Dan, grandson of one of the brothers (Michael) who remained in the U.S., and his wife, Mary Hountalas, have owned and operated San Francisco’s historic Cliff House since 1973. Cousin Tom Hontalas runs the nearby Louis Café, founded in 1936 by his grandfather, Louis, also one of the original three brothers. Cousin Chris Hontalas (a grandson of Michael) operates Venice Gourmet Delicatessen in Sausalito, which has been open since 1969. So, yeah, 30 years is a walk in the park for this family. Meanwhile, back in Greece during and after World War I, Thomas Houndalas and his wife Evthokia had a large family (eight kids). According to family historian Mary Hountalas, while Thomas had “had a lot of money” when he returned from the U.S., he (Please turn to page 16)

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Former ‘The Larchmont’ on Melrose now houses ‘Fin’ for Asian tapas

There’s something charming about restaurants located in actual houses. Maybe it’s because we can pretend that we’re being fêted by good friends; maybe it’s just that we sometimes tire of the chi-chi and simply want all the comforts of home without having to make a mess in the kitchen. Off-Vine has survived on that charm, as have The Raymond in Pasadena and Little Beast in Eagle Rock. Larchmont has its own abode on Melrose, but a succession of bland restaurants housed there over the years never managed to hang on. That may have changed with the opening of the Asian tapas place, Fin. Admittedly, the architectural tweaks forgo the rustic coziness that some home-housed eateries showcase — this is not grandma’s parlor, as Fin straddles the line between contemporary residence and modern foodie

haven — but the wood paneling and friendly service keep it warm. And the food makes repeated visits likely. This is the second location of Fin; the original is still going strong in Culver City. That one has an attached speakeasy and there’s talk that the second floor of the Melrose address might eventually add that, as well. At the moment, though, there’s a small main dining area on the enclosed porch and a lounge space with couches and some tables by the bar inside. The extensive menu is meant for sharing and varies from the expected ($4 miso soup and $8 spicy yellowtail hand rolls) to the enticing ($13 lobster glaze beef dumplings and $29 sesame glazed ribeye). One can order a la carte or choose one of two well-priced omakaze menus. Fin’s version of the now-classic tuna jalapeno crispy rice is

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melts in one’s mouth. Filet mignon with truffle mash doesn’t taste particularly Japanese, even with its plum wine reduction, but the $33 beef is well-cooked and delicious with the potatoes. The biggest surprise is $8 glazed green beans, which is so much more than the name implies. Slightly sweet, salty, crunchy and blistered, these are habitforming, which explains why they appear on almost every table. Fin, 5750 Melrose Ave., 323-579-1501. Contact Helene at

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spent nearly all of it to support his family in Greece, and remained very poor. “It is true that Thomas had the best soul of all the Hountalases. He had goodness in his blood. Even though he was poor, you would never see him worried,” she writes. According to Nora Houndalas, one of Thomas’ sons, Gregorios, was a chef who ran some of the most popular restaurants in Nafplion, Greece. Gregorio’s son, Thomas, moved to London before eventually landing in the U.S. in 1982. The Jonathan Club In Los Angeles, Thomas was maître d’hôtel at downtown’s Jonathan Club for a time, before opening Le Petit Greek on Larchmont. It was at the club where he met Nora Sullivan, who eventually married his brother Dimitris. Nora said that, before Gregorios passed away, when he would visit his sons in Los Angeles, he would make specials for Larchmont customers. Just part of the long family tradition.

CLIFF CAFÉ in San Francisco. Thomas Houndalas, grandfather to Thomas and Dimitris Houndalas of Le Petit Greek, is third from the left, circa 1910.

What’s in store? What does the future hold for Le Petit Greek? According to Nora, they hope to have a cookbook out within the next couple of years, and it will include some of the most humorous anecdotes from the restaurant, as well as share family recipes. “We’d also like to be a cultural landmark and be here to celebrate our 50th anniversary,” she added. That sounds like something to which everyone in the neighborhood could raise a glass and say, “Opa!”

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By John Welborne Last month was a busy time for prominent culinary stars residing in our local neighborhoods. At the beginning of the month, Hancock Park resident Caroline Styne, business partner with Suzanne Goin in the famous nearby restaurants Lucques, a.o.c., and other ventures, won the James Beard Foundation award for Outstanding Restaurateur. The New York City foundation originated from the 1985 efforts of Julia Child, and the foundation has presented its prestigious awards since 1991 to recognize excellence in the food and beverage and related industries. The month of May saw the second annual, month-long, “Los Angeles Times” food festival coordinated by that newspaper’s restaurant critic, Jonathan Gold. Titled “Food Bowl” and featuring more than 200 foodie events in 31 days, the festival kicked off in Downtown Los Angeles at the evolving City Market South, home of the wonderful new restaurant from Chef Steve Samson, Rossoblu. This year’s Food Bowl also included one special event close to the Chronicle’s neighborhoods and that featured chef neighbors who, like Caroline Styne, have been recognized by the James Beard Foundation. Vinny Dotolo, Nancy Silverton and Jon Shook are local residents who were featured at a memorable mid-May luncheon held in connection with the 80th anniversary celebration of local dining favorite Lawry’s The Prime Rib on La Cienega Boulevard. In the James Beard Foundation awards department, Nancy Silverton was Outstanding Pastry Chef in 1991 (for Campanile on La Brea) and Outstanding Chef in 2014 (for Pizzeria Mozza on Highland at Melrose), and Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo together were Best Chef West in 2016 (for Animal on Fairfax). At the Lawry’s Food Bowl luncheon, prior to a panel discussion moderated by Jonathan Gold and featuring those three chefs and chef Sang Yoon (creator of Father’s Office, Lukshon and more), the dining guests enjoyed creative new approaches to the traditional Lawry’s meal. Shook and Dotolo, who live with their respective families in Hancock Park, presented





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15. Kitty-corner to Lucifer’s Pizza, just across Detroit Street and slightly out of the Pink’s Square boundary, and not open quite yet, will be Chef Christina Tosi’s Milk Bar Bakery, 7150 Melrose Ave. Originated in New York City, the popular bakery is known for its “naked” cakes. 16. And finally, if you feel like a little adventure, a little

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By Rachel Olivier and John Welborne The corner of Melrose and La Brea avenues may have been the home of one lonely pushcart in 1939, but by 2018 it has become home to at least 12 other cafés and restaurants, making it a go-to corner for people who can’t quite decide what to have for dinner or where to get their breakfast or coffee. Read on to learn about some of the other eateries in and around the newly designated Pink’s Square. This story reports on establishments on La Brea and Melrose avenues, between Clinton Street and Waring Avenue and between Sycamore Avenue and Detroit Street. 1. What better place to begin than Pink’s Hot Dogs, 709 N. La Brea Ave., where you can order everything from chili or kraut dogs to plain or vegan dogs? You can even have a hamburger. 2. Going south along La Brea to the northwest corner, Chipotle Mexican Grill, 7101 Melrose Ave., serves designyour-own burritos and taco bowls. 3. Cross La Brea and you will find Tsuri Sushi and Sake Bar, 7015 Melrose Ave., offering sushi from premium rolls to lunch specials and bento boxes. 4. Diners can try the naan bread and chicken tikka masala at Anarkali Indian Restaurant, 7013 Melrose Ave. Forty

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Always at The Carlyle (10/10): Writer / director / producer Matthew Miele tells the story of Manhattan’s legendary hotel, The Carlyle. You might have heard of it. It’s where Woody Allen plays the clarinet. It’s where Bobby Short held forth for decades. It’s where Princess Diana always stayed when she came to New York. And it’s where her son and his wife, Prince William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and their children stay when they visit New York. I can’t imagine anyone not being enchanted. Fascinating and funny, it’s a film that captures the magic of life in New York City, a fitting companion to Miele’s “Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s.” I hated to see it end. Solo: A Star Wars Story (9/10): Director Ron Howard breathes new life into a fran-

chise that had grown tired and repetitive, telling the backstory of Han Solo; an actionpacked film with a talented cast, good acting, and terrific pace that never lets up. Overboard (5/10): This is a mediocre remake that switches the genders of the original roles. It might At the appeal to chilMovies dren and maywith be to people Tony too young to Medley remember the original that rose above its own mediocrity by the charismatic star, Goldie Hawn. But for those of us who remember Goldie working with her real life lover Kurt Russell, this is a disappointment. Life of the Party (2/10): Written by Melissa McCarthy and directed by her husband and co-writer Ben Falcone, it


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Use a crossruff to overcome a bad trump split to make contract Some terms used in this month's article: Ruff means that you have taken a non-trump trick by playing a trump. Sluff means that you discard from another suit when you are void in the suit led. Blackwood: A conventional bid in which the bid of 4 no trump asks partner to respond with the number of aces in her hand. A response of 5 clubs means zero aces, 5 diamonds means one ace, 5 hearts means two aces, and 5 spades means three aces. Offside: A card that is in a position that if you take a finesse, it will lose. Can you make 7 diamonds with the following deal from an ACBL-sanctioned game several years ago? I was sit-

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5C 0 or 3 key cards 5D 1 or 4 key cards 5H 2 key cards without the trump queen 5S 2 key cards with the trump queen *** No kings. Since the trump king is a key card, it is not included in this response. Opening lead: ten of hearts. The hand is relatively cold for 6N, but only one pair in this game was in 6N. Some were in 6D, making 6. My partner showed admirable confidence in me when he put me in 7D even though he knew I didn’t have the king of spades and he only had one spade for me to make a finesse. Also, it turned out that everything shaped up wrong. Clubs didn’t split, the king of spades was offside, and there was a horrible 4-1 trump split. Can you make 7D? I took the ace of hearts and led a low diamond to my king, then another low diamond to the ten. North discarded the 4 of spades, so I got the bad news on the trump split. I started clubs and South discarded the 4 and 10, so I figured that clubs split badly and that the king of spades was offside. I took the ace of spades and started a ruffing finesse sequence with the queen. South covered, and I ruffed. I played the king of hearts and

ruffed a heart. That left me with the following holding: North ♠ ♥ QJ ♦ ♣ J7 West East ♠ ♠ JT9 ♥ ♥ ♦ Q ♦A ♣ Q98 ♣ South ♠ 87 ♥ ♦ 98 ♣ Even though south has two trump to my one in each hand, the hand is over. I led the two spades and sluffed two clubs, leaving me with a spade and the trump ace in my hand and a club and the trump queen on the board. So I trumped the spade with my queen and trumped the club with the ace, a high crossruff that smothered South’s two trumps, making 7 diamonds. Paradoxically, the only way the contract can be made is if the spade king is offside. Otherwise the ruffing finesse would not work. Grand Slam is the nom de plume for an author of a bestselling book on bridge, an ACBL accredited director and a Silver Life Master.


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