Anicent Diner Brought Out of Storage, Dusted Off With $1.2 Million

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Remember when Tail O’ The Pup was recently spied sitting in a storage facility under a tarp in Torrance? Apparently, that wasn’t the only gone-but-not-forgotten L.A. restaurant waiting for its comeback. L.A. Times reports that Phil’s Diner, a 1920’s eatery that mimicks a train car, has been resuscitated with a $1.2 million renovation ten years after its removal, and was recently lowered by crane onto the site of a future housing, office, and shopping development in North Hollywood. The restaurant will reopen next March as Phil’s Diner Fresh and Fast, serving organic cuisine your granddad would have laughed you off the counter for ordering, but then again, he probably never handled $1.2 million. Not to knock the city for reconnecting with its past or highlighting the native culture outsiders so often accuse us of not having. We could only be so lucky that someone, somewhere, has the Brown Derby buried in their backyard, too.

Landmark North Hollywood eatery returns after a decade [L.A. Times]