[RESTAURANT PROFILE] The Edmon Brings Classic Hollywood Back to Melrose

After 40 years as a woodworking shop, this historic building now houses the 7-month old restaurant The Edmon. Photo: Loren Javier / Flickr Creative Commons

Everyone who drives down Melrose is familiar with the vintage brick building with all the carved fireplace mantels in the display windows. After 40 years as a woodworking shop, the historic building now houses the 7-month old restaurant The Edmon.

Owners Mercedes and Eddie Simonian named the art deco style bar and restaurant after their late father, a fifth generation woodworker who immigrated from Armenia to Hollywood and opened the shop in 1978.

Mercedes and Eddie grew up playing in their father’s woodshop while he created intricate carved mantels and architectural details that were often used in Hollywood productions for nearby Paramount and other studios.

Eventually the family was able to purchase the historic 1927 building and turn the apartments upstairs back into a hotel. “He started restoring the building, he had every brick hand-scraped to bring it back to its original color,” says Mercedes.

But when Edmon Simonian died just three months after the hotel opened in 2010, it was a tough time for the family. They realized the woodworking business didn’t need such a large space without their father running it. “We decided we could do more—we figured the community needed something like the restaurant,” Mercedes says.

Consolidating the mantel shop opened up a large space for the new restaurant. The space has a classic Hollywood feel, with deco patterned doors and chandeliers, while the centerpiece is a 35-foot long carved alder wood bar that pays homage to the family business.

“We wanted someone to walk in and think it’s always been there,” Mercedes said.

Designed by Los Angeles Theater architect S. Charles Lee, the building is listed on the historic register and at various times housed a ladies hat shop, a cafeteria and a deli.

When a back patio is added in the next few months, the Edmon will start weekend brunch and perhaps eventually lunch service.

Mercedes Simonian says the menu is designed to be accessible to everyone, with more pastas being added by popular request.

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