Tom Bergin’s heads to Cultural Heritage Nov. 1

| November 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

TOM BERGIN’S could obtain historic landmark status.

The city Cultural Heritage Commission will consider historic preservation status for iconic neighborhood tavern, Tom Bergin’s, at a hearing on Nov. 1 at City Hall.

The hearing will precede a vote to determine whether to consider making the tavern a city of Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument (HCM), according to Ken Hixon, vice president of the Miracle Mile Residential Association (MMRA). The commission agenda indicates that Tom Bergin’s is owned by Vintage Vices LLC and TK & MK, LLC.

The applicants are the Los Angeles Conservancy and the MMRA.

The MMRA supplied the Commission and Councilman David Ryu’s office with 650 signatures supporting the designation.

CHRONICLE staff and contributors enjoy lunch at Bergin’s in 2017.

“It’s our Cheers, isn’t it?” said Hixon.

Built in 1949, most people ask, “Isn’t it already a landmark?” he added.

It’s the kind of place neighbors can walk to. Hixon, who lives four blocks away, says he’s been frequenting the place for 32 years.

Besides its clinker-brick structure and decades of hand-painted shamrocks with names of regular customers hanging from the ceiling, its the walkability of the pub that adds to its appeal, which he compared to Larchmont Boulevard.

“Part of what makes Larchmont Larchmont is not the vehicles. It’s feet on the ground,” said Hixon.

If the commission approves moving forward, staff will be assigned to visit the neighborhood bar and restaurant at 840 S. Fairfax Ave. and to submit a report to recommend monument status or not.

The final decision will be up to the City Council.

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