The Neighborhood Restaurant…  Reinvented

The Flintridge Proper was created by local entrepreneur and longtime area resident, Brady Caverly, and his wife, Mary Elizabeth, who live in the area, have kids in the local schools and are passionate about great food, proper libations and friendly, gracious service.

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They were originally inspired by the sense of a genuine community center they found in the “pub culture” of England and Ireland where three generations of families would gather to share a pint, a story and a smile – A culture that was so authentic and specific to an individual community that the British actually refer to “their” neighborhood pub as “their local.”

The Caverly’s goal was to create a similar environment here that would truly embody what their family loves about the La Canada Flintridge community – A place that would be so specific to this community that if you only had a half hour an to convey to a visiting friend all that is wonderful about La Canada Flintridge, sharing a cocktail at the Proper bar would tell them all they needed to know.

Finally, they wanted a place where they could spend time with their friends and family, enjoy a great meal and glass of good wine in a space that would help define La Canada Flintridge for future generations.

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The Food

Our chefs prepare unique farm-to-table versions of Classic American Comfort Food and Regional Specialties featuring locally-sourced, sustainable ingredients and they make nearly everything from scratch.   From the English Muffin and Jam at brunch to the American Cheese on our house-ground Proper Burger, it’s all crafted in-house… with care.

The Bar &
The World’s Largest Selection of Gin

The Proper also serves classic cocktails using fresh squeezed juices, house made syrups, FlintridgeProper-482premium spirits and proper classic glassware prepared by some of the most talented and friendly bartenders around.

We also boast the World’s Largest Selection of Gin with more than 200 varieties from all around the world including our own housemade Flintridge Native Botanicals Gin which was designed to capture the flavors of the foothills – over 50% of the botanicals used in its making come from within 15 miles of the restaurant.

The Space

Housed in the former home of local Mexican favorite, Los Gringos Locos, the space was completely gutted and created anew by Sam Marshall, the gifted architect/designer behind Gjelina in Venice and Laurel Hardware in West Hollywood.

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The space is divided roughly in half, with a bright, family-friendly bistro-style dining room on one side,

 

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and a wood and leather-lined, old-school cocktail lounge on the other.

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The dining room, pays homage to the culture and history of this storied neighborhood.

 

The walls are covered with historical photos and local memorabilia from the city’s world class schools, as well as locally famed Descanso Gardens and the nearby Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

 

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While lounge side offers a more formal dining experience…

 

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and celebrates the area’s deep equestrian heritage….

 

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with a stitched leather ceiling and a massive horsehead arch over the well-stocked bar –

 

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An exact replica of an arch which long ago crowned the entrance to Flintridge’s  famed bridle trails.

 

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The restaurant functions as a museum of sorts for all that is great about this foothill community with each item lovingly collected by owner, Mary Caverly, and constantly supplemented with donations from the members of the local community.

Says Mary Caverly,

“We wanted to created a place where people looked forward to going because it is fun, comfortable, serves great food and has amazing wines and cocktails. Also, a place that is friendly to kids, and transforms to the community’s dining needs throughout the day. A hub of sorts, where you can see your friends and neighbors, whether in the café or cozied up at the bar. La Canada Flintridge is unique and special and we wanted to create a community place just as unique and special. We hope the Proper will become a home away from home, only better than home, because someone else is doing all the cooking!”

Meet You at The Proper