This is what Leimert Park has been thirsting for - a modern, urban, hip, upscale, downhome, local flavor restaurant and bar.
Not just Baldwin Hills and View Park, but all of Los Angeles has flocked to the Post & Beam, which opened one year ago in a former chicken joint behind the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza.
Recently Los Angeles Magazine hailed Govind Armstrong as one of the top chefs in the city for his modern twist on healthy home cookin' - made all the better with the garden he's growing on the premises of a regional shopping mall.
Have you made it out to the Post & Beam yet? It has become the community hub. I'm there all the time and I run into people from the neighborhood all the time. Council President Herb Wesson, one of Berry Gordy's executives, Heather Presha (the Leimert Park realtor), Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, council candidate to replace Jan Perry, David Roberts and Councilman Joe Buscaino's communications director Branimir Kvartuc.
And nearly every night owner Brad Johnson is there, saying hello to every table (even though more often than not the place his hoppin').
The restaurant continues to change and grow, responding to the customers. It now takes reservations, has a full bar, Sunday brunch and is teaching school kids about healthy cooking.
Ken Lombard of the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza told me that our area can support this kind of development, but we need to find investors who are willing to take the chance. Councilman Parks emphasized that if the new amenities aren't nice enough, residents will continue to go to Culver City and LA Live for their entertainment.
I want to thank Brad and Govind for looking at the numbers and realizing they make economic sense, even if few others are taking this calculated risk. My wife and I love driving five minutes to Post & Beam for dinner and drinks and then walking over to the Rave Theaters in the Crenshaw Plaza to sit in a leather chair and watch the latest blockbuster.
That's why Post & Beam is a Leimert Park Beat Story of the Year 2012. Stay tuned for the more Stories of the Year and feel free to contribute your own.
Saturday, November 1 marks the sold-out world premiere of "Adventures in Candyland", a sugary saga written, performed and produced by a group of students from Overland Avenue Elementary School.
The delicious drama features friends on a journey,…
October 31, 2014 at 9pm to November 1, 2014 at 2am
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CAAM’s Contemporary exhibition Curvature features artists Michael Kilgore and Anthony “Eve” Kemp, whose artistic styles include Fauvism, Expressionism and Cubism. CAAM invites the media and community to sit in on a discussion between CAAM’s Visual Arts Curator Vida L. Brown and Artist June Emond as they discuss the artworks of well-known African American artists whose works embrace the styles and elements defined in Cubism.Curvature is ongoing at CAAM through January 19, 2014. The exhibition…See More
Join the South Los Angeles Food Co-Op (SoLa) on Saturday, November 15, from 2-4 p.m., for a free high blood pressure awareness workshop at the Baldwin Hills Library community room at 2906 S. La Brea Ave, Los Angeles CA 90016This workshop will provide information on ways to use physical activity, proper screenings and healthy foods to support cardiovascular well-being. The workshop will include a healthy cooking demo and tasting by Doula Cooks’ Chef Hawk, yogic practices for stress reduction…See More
Hiram Sims is a poet extraordinaire! Don't miss this event. He is a busy fellow-- and we are pleased to have him come to LAPL to present his work to an appreciative audience of library patrons, readers, and budding writers, poets and authors.Hiram will read from his latest work: Photoetry: Poetry and Photography From South Central LA. This is an amazing collaboration between Hiram and five photographers: Sam Bendall, Adam Tillman Young, Ameer Espy, Charisse Sims, and Kim Soria. Hiram will…See More
LIVE THEATER. "ONE LAST LOOK" is a comedy about Eustace Baylor who dies and leaves to morn his two families: A wife and Kids and a Mistress and Kids. They all show up at the funeral and that's when the Comedy and Drama begins.Food may be purchased at our concession.See More