Six years ago NFTF wrote a column for the NoHo Arts District’s blog site regarding cool places to play out at and/or hang out; the Cahuenga General Store was one of the subjects of the column. NFTF found this place to be a quirky place to hang out and visit or just groove on the interesting surroundings which remind us of a funky Topanga Canyon place such as the Old Post Office Restaurant. That place always held a certain charm for us and we would always wind up there with other funky friends.
The inside of the Cahuenga General Store has shelves lined with groceries, Mason jars, various sundries and lot of baskets hanging from the ceiling. It has the same kind of rural feeling as the market in the old TV show “Petticoat Junction” sans Mr. Drucker. Anita Hallenbeck runs this establishment and is a very nice and social woman. Because of the Covid-19 restrictions there is no inside eating, but there is a quaint garden patio to eat in with lots of plants, a Foo Dog statue and a Kuan Yin statue that looks out over the garden and filling the space with her smile that is filled with charm and compassion.
The menu offers up tea, coffee, lemonade as well as salads and sandwiches which are all good. There are also soups, a few breakfast items, pastries and deserts if that is what you are into. All of the items on their menu are good. There is even an option to have fresh vegetables or potato chips. NFTF enjoys the fresh vegetables.
The column that was written six years ago about the Cahuenga General Store focused on the stage and PA system and how there wasn’t an ASCAP membership so there wasn’t any music being played. There was poetry readings and comedic acts. I think that had this place been around when The Doors‘ front man Jim Morrison was doing spoken word recitals of his deep and thought provoking poetry NFTF believes that Morrison would have gotten a kick out of this place.
Anita does need help in the kitchen should you require a position that lends itself to your cooking skills. The menu is pretty straight forward and doesn’t involve culinary training at Le Cordon Bleu, but I’m sure that Anita would take it if it came with the right applicant.
Currently NFTF is looking at this venue as a possible place to go see live music when the live music ban is lifted and we can all enjoy live music once again. Doctor Fauci has said that live music at venues will happen in the Fall of 2021. The stage isn’t very big much like the one at the club that NFTF used to book called The Cave in Van Nuys on Victory Blvd. Anita isn’t sure how good the PA is now that it’s been six years and then there’s the ASCAP yearly fee. Could it be negotiated if someone were to only book one show a week?
But, the Cahuenga General Store is a place of possibilities. It has the inside stage and then there’s the patio where acoustic sets could be played. All it needs is a good promoter that knows the ropes like...Jimmy D. NFTF has been in contact with Jimmy D to come and take a look and check out the possibilities. Jimmy D and NFTF go way back and besides, NoHo needs a cool place for people to go and enjoy live music and forget about their troubles. A place to jam with friends and to share a cuppa with.
Established in 1996 the Cahuenga General Store can be contacted at 818-985-5916 or visited at 5510 Cahuenga Blvd. in North Hollywood. Covid-19 hours are 11am to 7pm Monday thru Saturday. They are closed on Sunday. Their website is http://www.cgsnoho.com to get a look at their menu. Bring your cell phone though because you’ll have to call in your order and then go inside and pay. Be sure and leave a tip because it is needed and is very much appreciated.