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Saturday, June 29, 2013


Happy Birthday, Lynhurst Building (far left).  Great image of busy 30th and Upas intersection looking West.  How cool would it be today to have the No. 2 trolley line running again.

PROUDLY NORTH PARK--Tomorrow, Saturday, June 29th from 12-5pm Sea Rocket Restaurant, according to Owner/GM Elena Rivellino, will be hosting a block party at 30th & Upas to celebrate the history of the Lynhurst building, the businesses that currently occupy the space, and the cornerstone of commerce and camaraderie that it has provided to North Park for 100 years.

On the dignitary side, Sea Rocket will be joined by current building owner Rusty Rawlins, City Council President Todd Gloria, Director of Business and Community Projects Anthony Bernal, former California State Senator Christine Kehoe, and representatives from the organizations North Park Main Street, North Park Historical Society, and South Park Historical Society.

Okapi Sun at Bird Park Concert
From 12-5pm all businesses in the building will be offering certain anniversary specials...see website; for details.

At 2 pm there will be a short welcome speech & ceremony in recognition of the Lynhurst building and it’s meaning to our community.

At 3 pm George Franck of the North Park Historical Society will lead a free tour of the neighborhood for anyone interested in more local trivia.

At 5:30 pm Okapi Sun, a cool indie sound, will headline the concert nearby in Bird Park , so enjoy some free music after celebrating the Lynhurst.

The San Diego Construction Co. built the Lynhurst in 1912 after Eugene Weathers, the architect, was issued a building permit for it.  It first appeared in a commercial building listing in 1913 while the second floor residential units didn’t follow until some years later (where one of Sea Rocket Bistro’s business partners Dennis Stein has been living for the last few years!) If you look carefully, you can see that a few architectural elements have been changed, such as the storefront windows being moved parallel to the building instead of angled inwards, and the window panes above those getting larger (with 3 pieces of glass per section rather than 6), but much still remains the same as originally constructed as this photo shows.

Current business Sea Rocket Bistro at night
(and their specials for the day) listed alphabetically:
Cardamom Bakery & Cafe: Savory Scones
Kung Fu Academy: Participation TBD
Roast Coach Coffee Bar: Anniversary Ebelskivers
Sea Rocket Bistro: $2 Street Tacos (Grilled Market Fish, Sardine, and Seitan)
Yuko’s Dog Grooming: Complimentary Dog Biscuits for your favorite furry friend!
Zensei Sushi: Anniversary Sushi Roll

Some of the Lynhurst’s past commercial tenants that I’ve been able to resesarch include, in order of an approximated timeline:
Hughey Drug Company
M&L Market
Red Crown Gasoline (curb-side pump, for 23.5 cents per gallon!)
Strom’s Florist
Sporting Goods Store
Fabric Store
Dawco Press
Collections – The Gallery
La Salsa Chilena
Frank’s Appliance Service Center
Urban Method Salon
The Linkery

Sea Rocket Bistro's
Elena Rivellino
UPDATE:  Sea Rocket Bistro closed for business on Dec. 8, 2013 citing high costs of doing business as the main reason.
POST EVENT IMAGE FROM COUNCIL PRESIDENT TODD GLORIA (2nd from right, next to NP luminaries, including State Senator Christine Kehoe, far right.
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