www.tiaoproperties.com

L.A. Multifamily Specialists

The Other Side piano bar and the Flying Leap Cafe: The History Behind Hyperion Public in Silver Lake.

  The building at 2538 Hyperion Avenue in Silver Lake has a very colorful history. According to tax assessor records, it was built in 1963,and is 4452 approximate square feet.

  Formerly The Other Side piano bar upstairs, and the Flying Leap Café downstairs until June 2013, the businesses closed after 40 years. Longtime patrons told stories of police raids in the 60s ad 70s, and lamented that it was one of the few gay bars left in the neighborhood and now it was closing.

  That was when John Speaks, a married father with four children, and his business partners took over and opened Hyperion Public. Speaks describes himself as the "socialite" of the trio. Akida Mashaka, an attorney, oversees the legal business affairs of the business, and Paddy Aubrey oversees the menu, production, and quality of the food.

  Speaks says he first came to Los Angeles in 1989 after graduating from Boston's Emerson College. He says he has lived in the area ever since. With various roommates, he lived on Talmadge Ave, Effie Street, among them. "When you're young in Los Angeles, you do whatever you can to survive."

 He also stressed that diversity and inclusion of everyone is very important in his business. Being African-American, he recalled riding his bike through certain neighborhoods in Boston, where he was called racial epithets. "I even got a T.V thrown at me."

  So he knows how racism and exclusion feels. But when he and his business partners opened up Hyperion Public, some people were skeptical. "The old patrons thought we were going to make it into a sports bar, with weekend dads and soccer moms. They thought we were going to change the culture," Speaks recalled. "But we opened it up more."

   The business has also been used as a filming location, where commercials for Samsung and Miller Lite have been shot. Speaks says the film crews have to go through the whole permitting process.

    There were changes made when the three business owners took over. The piano in the bar was taking up space and "people were banging on it who shouldn't be banging on it." A jukebox was also removed because people complained there weren't  enough selections on it. A bar in the restaurant area was added as the plumbing was already there.

   Speaks said the former patrons of "The Other Side still come in, and that most of his patrons generally range in age 24 to 64. The restaurant hosts a Sunday brunch, and the establishment's website describes the menu and hours of business. "I couldn't tell you what the main group  (of clientele) is. I'm everyone's uncle."

Views: 548

Comment

You need to be a member of Silver Lake Star to add comments!

Join Silver Lake Star

HARDWARE :: ART SUPPLIES :: MORE!

FARMERS MARKET TO YOUR DOOR

Save time and money. Order produce picked within 5 days of delivery.

FarmFreshToYou.com

Use code LIZZ8264 to save $15 on your first order. Click...

LOOK YOUR BEST

Autoworks™ 

Car Wash Promo Pack
Save 38%

Was $59.00 > $36.75
And hurry! This deal is
almost over!

Latest Activity

Mistah Wilson posted a blog post
Aug 29
Mistah Wilson posted a blog post
Aug 25
James posted an event
Thumbnail

A Happy Life May Not Be a Meaningful Life at New York, NY

August 25, 2020 all day
Holocaust psychiatrist and survivor Viktor Frankl once wrote: "Life never becomes unbearable by…See More
Aug 25
James is now a member of Silver Lake Star
Aug 21
Erica Silverman posted an event

Drawdown: Can Global Warming Be Reversed? at Silver Lake Library Online

July 28, 2020 from 3:30pm to 5pm
Solar energy, composting, electric vehicles and educating women and girls. The book Drawdown,…See More
Jul 22
Mistah Wilson posted a blog post
Jun 25
Mistah Wilson updated their profile
Jun 25
Betsy Hall - Silver Lake ⭐'s blog post was featured
Mar 22

© 2020   Created by Silver Lake Star.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service