HIGHLAND PARK – When Hervey Chapman died in early 2011, he left behind the Verdugo Pet Shop in the middle of a block that would become ground zero of gentrifying York Boulevard. After cats were rescued from the shuttered store, it would take many more months before Chapman’s estate was settled and the space cleaned out and put up for sale. Then more months passed before the new landlord was able to line up a tenant, who originally planned to open a restaurant in the fall of 2014. But you know how that goes. (Does any new restaurant in L.A. open on time?)
Now, five years after the Verdugo Pet Shop closed, the same storefront — its brick facade restored and the interior opened up to reveal a soaring wood ceiling — is preparing to reopen on Monday as Recess Eatery.
Will it have been worth the wait? Highland Park will find out Monday.
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