The building that houses The York has been a neighborhood fixture in Highland Park since the days of the streetcars, changing over time from a retail store to a family restaurant to today's hip gastropub. Five years ago owner Ryan Ballinger, a native Angeleno, saw an opportunity in the dearth of food and entertainment in the area. He and his business partner rejuvenated the restaurant's original interior, using the original furniture but giving it an upgraded, more stylish look.
Ballinger works with neighboring businesses to support transportation initiatives and, as a future Highland Park homeowner, looks forward to growth in the area's social amenities. With an eye on growing the neighborhood's historically vibrant business district, he strives to service the needs of local residents first and not rely on the often unreliable business of outsiders. He hopes to continue to serve the needs of the immediate community while taking advantage of Highland Park's increased visibility in Los Angeles.
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Above, owner of The York Ryan Ballinger recounts the location's changing role in the community over time, maintaining a familiar aesthetic for the locals, and describes the growing demands for business in a transitioning neighborhood like Highland Park.