October 4, 2013 Updated: October 4, 2013 at 7:51 am
From French crepes to French fries, downtown diners can expect a change in food venues on Tejon Street beginning in February.
Owners of La Creperie said Thursday they will close their restaurant sometime within the third week of October. The restaurant is closing after building owners decided not to renew the crepe restaurant's lease.
The building is owned by the Megyeri family. Kevin and Suzette Megyeri own and operate Bambino's Pizza. Suzette Megyeri said she and her husband will open a "Farm-to-table" hamburger joint inside the 700-square foot area at 204 N. Tejon St. sometime in mid-February, after renovations are completed. She said the restaurant will serve hand-cut fries, homemade condiments and several flavors of frozen custard to compliment their beef burgers. They'll call their restaurant "The Skirted Heifer."
"The word skirted is a chef's term for when something melts around something else," she said, "and we will make a hamburger with a large shredded cheddar cheese skirt that hangs out of the bun."
The Megyeris opened Bambino's Pizza at 2849 E. Platte Ave. in 1978, Suzette Megyeri said. The La Creperie business is owned by Stephanie Dowdell and her older sister, Christine. Suzette Megyeri said the decision not to renew the Dowdell sisters' lease was not an easy decision. She said her family had been talking about opening a burger restaurant for the past several years.
"We put a lot of thought into this," she said.