Jazz, blues, burgers, cocktails and good times—that’s what Lucy’s 51 is offering in a fresh re-do of one of Toluca Lake’s oldest and most popular watering holes. Formerly the Money Tree, the bar and restaurant was renamed Lucy’s 51 in 2004. The pub’s new owner is Baret Lepejian, the well-known Toluca Lake resident and Valley native who is also the proprietor of Tinhorn Flats, the Burbank saloon and grill famous for its swinging doors and fried pickles.
“Toluca Lake is a hot neighborhood right now,” says Baret, “and at Lucy’s 51 we’re offering a great new menu, a relaxed atmosphere and also a revival of the live music tradition that has made this location a local landmark and a citywide destination.”
Monday Blues Night at Lucy’s brings out some of the Southland’s top players. Tuesday night jazz at Lucy’s is led by the legendary John Pisano who has recorded with Barbra Streisand, Diana Krall and was a founding member of Herb Alpert’s Tijuana Brass.
The kitchen’s revitalized menu offers grown-up comfort food (try the grilled salmon) that makes lunch and dinner at Lucy’s 51 an easy choice any day of the week.
Lucy’s front patio provides the perfect summertime oasis for lunch and evening dining. A hidden lounge and smoking patio in the restaurant’s rear accommodates regulars, as well as the new crowd of Lucy’s 51 enthusiasts. At the bar, the plush dining room and in the lounge’s cozy seating area you’ll find a mix of locals, young professionals and the occasional celebrity—natural for a location in the Dis/WB/Uni studio triangle—enjoying the non-hassle scene that attracts everyone to Lucy’s 51.