By now, almost everyone in Silver Lake knows that Netty’s, the popular ‘California Comfort Food’ Cafe in Silver Lake Village has closed after twenty years. The Cafe attracted a clientle that was as diverse as its menu.(as you would expect in Bohemian-rich Silver Lake). The Silver Lake Chamber of Commerce honored Netty Carr at a chamber mixer held on January 8, 2007 at Shag Hair Design. Chamber President Cheryl Revkin, in voicing the thoughts of many, said, ‘Netty is the Matriarch of Silver Lake; she has given us great food and always been on the right side of the issues that affect our community.’
Revkiin noted Netty’s leadership in preserving the old Van de Kamp’s Holland-Dutch Bakery (the place where I spent my summers working for my dad in the maintenance department). Home Depot has plans to move in and demolish the old bakery which by now has been recognized as an important cultural and historic landmark. (designed in 1930 by Architect J. Edwin Hopkins, the property was designated an Historic-Cultural Monument in the City of Los Angeles on May 12, 1992). The property will instead house an extension campus for Los Angeles City College.
Netty also has helped with the ‘No Home Depot’ Coalition, gathering petition signatures in an effort to stop the mega chain from taking over the shuttered K-Mart facility on San Fernando Road. Community activists, working with the office of Los Angeles City Council District 13 are hoping to transform the site into a mixed use development, providing a live-work-park environment. The project, envisioned as ‘Fletcher Square’, still faces obstacles, as Home Depot is moving forward and has applied for permits. According to Netty, ‘The Fletcher Square Project is by no means a done deal, but one more challenge to protect our neighborhood from inappropriate development. We’re in the middle of a long battle for our community’s future and the public needs to know that. The No Home Depot Coalition’s vision is to have a mixed use development compatible with the future LACC campus. Please let people know that they can help!’‘Home Depot does not care what stakeholders want, they’re going forward in spite of the extreme opposition and a planned educational facility across the street. I hope some Silver Lakers become involved because we need all the help we can get, even if its just sending e-mails and letter writing.
Netty suggests visiting the ‘NO HOME DEPOT’ WEBSITE (See link below) and learning what each of us can do.
Netty plans to take a break from cooking and is focusing her attention on spending more time with her family and writing a much-anticipated cookbook. Two veterans of the local restaurant scene, Gloria Felx and Elizabeth Belkind have opened a new restaurant, Reservoir in Netty’s old spot.
Pictured are members of the Carr family: Tamara, Miranda and Sierra Garcia; Netty and Ray Valentine taken at the SLCC Mixer held on January 18, 2007 at Shag Hair Design.