"When architect Tima Bell was growing up in West L.A. a couple of decades ago, he says, the meadowlands on which Playa Vista now stands was "the place between the Westside and the South Bay. Now it's become a draw to the people who live on the Westside or the South Bay because of the way it was developed.
"Playa Vista development," he continues, "has been special in terms of bridging the Westside and the South Bay. It was about bringing in amenities such as restaurants like Hal's or a Whole Foods or outdoor basketball courts."
After 28 years, Hal's Bar & Grill, the legendary eatery, neighborhood watering hole and artists' hangout, shut down its beloved Abbot Kinney location in Venice. Now the owners are headed south to Playa Vista.
Frederick insists his new place will retain its legendary easy attitude along with art by Moses, Davy and even a piece by singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell, who, according to Hal, was offered $22,000 for the painting but turned it down because she liked having it displayed on Hal's wall. Laddie John Dill was told his piece at the old Hal's might be too big for the new place, so Dill offered to create a smaller replacement. He predicts success, "because Playa Vista is the next biggest thing in L.A. and the dot-commers are here. A restaurant that succeeds on Abbot Kinney is going to succeed in Playa Vista."
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