Du-par's Reopens at Historic Farmers Market Location

Fully Renovated LA Landmark Restaurant Blends Best of Old and New



Jan 22, 2007, 00:00 ET from Du-par's

    LOS ANGELES, Jan. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Du-par's, Los Angeles's most
 famous coffee shop, has re-opened at The Original Farmers Market after a
 two-year makeover. While remaining true to its tradition of wonderful pies,
 pancakes and pleasure food, the new Du-par's is better than ever, with a
 fully renovated interior and exterior with patio dining, new chefs from one
 of Los Angeles' top restaurants, and, for the first time in Farmers Market
 history, a restaurant that is open 'round the clock at the corner of Third
 and Fairfax.
     The new Du-par's will continue to celebrate the best of traditional
 cooking. Its famous pancake recipe hasn't changed since 1938, and every
 day, Du-par's squeezes its own orange juice, grinds its hamburger meat and
 hand peels and cuts its hash browns. This year, Du-par's will also begin
 making its own ice cream.
     "In bringing back the best traditions of Du-par's, we've come full
 circle in the restaurant business," said Du-par's President Biff Naylor.
 "Today we're considered cutting edge because we're serving food the
 old-fashioned way -- fresh ingredients, commitment to quality and delicious
 taste."
     The restaurant now boasts a 21st century kitchen in a fully-restored
 1930s decor, including the original black safe holding the restaurant's
 secret hot cake recipe. Also, in addition to the traditional vinyl booths
 inside, the Farmers Market Du-par's now has outdoor seating and patio
 facilities. The original pie shop, accessible from inside the Farmers
 Market, is back selling fresh pies which are made on the premises and
 feature fresh ingredients and absolutely no preservatives. The dessert
 kitchen is behind glass so customers can watch chefs prepare the pies as
 they did generations ago.
     Naylor, a local restaurateur for half a century who owned Biff's and
 Tiny Naylor's, came out of retirement to purchase Du-par's and take it to
 the next level. "I couldn't let this wonderful restaurant become a footnote
 in the history books of Los Angeles," Naylor said. "Du-par's was a premier
 brand name in quality coffee shops not just locally but around America, and
 I felt compelled to save it and make it a destination for the next
 generation."
     "Du-par's has been part of the Farmers Market family for almost as long
 as the Market has existed," said Henry L. Hilty, Jr., President of the A.F.
 Gilmore Company, owner of Farmers Market. "We're thrilled that their
 renovation is complete and they are back serving the community."
     As part of his commitment to improve on the old classic, Naylor brought
 in his daughter Jennifer, former executive chef at Wolfgang Puck's Granita
 restaurant in Malibu, to help. With her came Chef Medardo Hernandez,
 formerly of Wolfgang Puck's Granita and Spago restaurants, to be the
 Executive Chef, and use his wealth of experience in food quality and
 preparation to expand the traditional menu to include new, creative dishes
 prepared in cutting-edge style.
     Du-par's was founded in 1938 as a nine-seat stall at the Farmers Market
 by James Dunn ("Du") and Edward Parsons ("Par"). Eventually, Du-par's
 became a small chain of Southern California restaurants, with current
 locations not only in the Farmers Market but also in Thousand Oaks and
 Studio City. In the mid-1970s restaurant executive Herb Oberst bought
 Du-par's, and ran it until his daughter, Shirley Oberst Kauffman took over
 operations in 1994. Kauffman sold the restaurants to Naylor in 2004. At its
 peak, Du-par's had eight locations around the Greater Los Angeles area.
     The restaurant has a storied LA history. Actor James Dean is said to
 have eaten at Du-par's before he took his final spin in his Porsche. The
 restaurant also had a featured role in Brian DePalma's 1984 film "Body
 Double," starring Melanie Griffith.
     The eatery, located at the corner of Third and Fairfax in the Farmers
 Market, will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
 
 

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    LOS ANGELES, Jan. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Du-par's, Los Angeles's most
 famous coffee shop, has re-opened at The Original Farmers Market after a
 two-year makeover. While remaining true to its tradition of wonderful pies,
 pancakes and pleasure food, the new Du-par's is better than ever, with a
 fully renovated interior and exterior with patio dining, new chefs from one
 of Los Angeles' top restaurants, and, for the first time in Farmers Market
 history, a restaurant that is open 'round the clock at the corner of Third
 and Fairfax.
     The new Du-par's will continue to celebrate the best of traditional
 cooking. Its famous pancake recipe hasn't changed since 1938, and every
 day, Du-par's squeezes its own orange juice, grinds its hamburger meat and
 hand peels and cuts its hash browns. This year, Du-par's will also begin
 making its own ice cream.
     "In bringing back the best traditions of Du-par's, we've come full
 circle in the restaurant business," said Du-par's President Biff Naylor.
 "Today we're considered cutting edge because we're serving food the
 old-fashioned way -- fresh ingredients, commitment to quality and delicious
 taste."
     The restaurant now boasts a 21st century kitchen in a fully-restored
 1930s decor, including the original black safe holding the restaurant's
 secret hot cake recipe. Also, in addition to the traditional vinyl booths
 inside, the Farmers Market Du-par's now has outdoor seating and patio
 facilities. The original pie shop, accessible from inside the Farmers
 Market, is back selling fresh pies which are made on the premises and
 feature fresh ingredients and absolutely no preservatives. The dessert
 kitchen is behind glass so customers can watch chefs prepare the pies as
 they did generations ago.
     Naylor, a local restaurateur for half a century who owned Biff's and
 Tiny Naylor's, came out of retirement to purchase Du-par's and take it to
 the next level. "I couldn't let this wonderful restaurant become a footnote
 in the history books of Los Angeles," Naylor said. "Du-par's was a premier
 brand name in quality coffee shops not just locally but around America, and
 I felt compelled to save it and make it a destination for the next
 generation."
     "Du-par's has been part of the Farmers Market family for almost as long
 as the Market has existed," said Henry L. Hilty, Jr., President of the A.F.
 Gilmore Company, owner of Farmers Market. "We're thrilled that their
 renovation is complete and they are back serving the community."
     As part of his commitment to improve on the old classic, Naylor brought
 in his daughter Jennifer, former executive chef at Wolfgang Puck's Granita
 restaurant in Malibu, to help. With her came Chef Medardo Hernandez,
 formerly of Wolfgang Puck's Granita and Spago restaurants, to be the
 Executive Chef, and use his wealth of experience in food quality and
 preparation to expand the traditional menu to include new, creative dishes
 prepared in cutting-edge style.
     Du-par's was founded in 1938 as a nine-seat stall at the Farmers Market
 by James Dunn ("Du") and Edward Parsons ("Par"). Eventually, Du-par's
 became a small chain of Southern California restaurants, with current
 locations not only in the Farmers Market but also in Thousand Oaks and
 Studio City. In the mid-1970s restaurant executive Herb Oberst bought
 Du-par's, and ran it until his daughter, Shirley Oberst Kauffman took over
 operations in 1994. Kauffman sold the restaurants to Naylor in 2004. At its
 peak, Du-par's had eight locations around the Greater Los Angeles area.
     The restaurant has a storied LA history. Actor James Dean is said to
 have eaten at Du-par's before he took his final spin in his Porsche. The
 restaurant also had a featured role in Brian DePalma's 1984 film "Body
 Double," starring Melanie Griffith.
     The eatery, located at the corner of Third and Fairfax in the Farmers
 Market, will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
 
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