The sketch-up artist
Every Saturday is the same here at TART in the sense of how busy we are, which is understandable: just like grandma’s home cookin’ everyone flocks to good food. But at the same time, you never know whose going walk in through the door. We cater to everyone from moms with their and kids to the early morning Grove shoppers. We get friends meeting for mimosas and LA party-hipsters who are just walking up at noon and are still trying to find a spot that serves breakfast (we do).
Last week was a normal Saturday – beautiful, warm, and busy as ever. As I made my rounds refilling coffee and water to the tables on the patio, I came across one very special person, a young artist, enjoying her breakfast in the late morning on the patio. It’s surprising how tranquil the courtyard can be despite being situated on one of the busiest streets in LA.
As I filled her water, I noticed she had drawn this incredible sketch of the front of the restaurant and hotel. I was mostly impressed with the amount of detail she was able to capture in such a short amount of time – on the corner of a newspaper. She began to tell me about her experiences as an artist and her line of work. I was amazed that someone so young could be so talented. I let her enjoy the rest of her breakfast and went back to seating tables and greeting guests. On the way out, she complemented on the food and the excellent service. I hear that day in and day out and it never gets old. She assured me that she would be back, and that TART is one of her favorite spots in LA. With that, she handed me the picture that she drew and smiled as she made her way out onto Fairfax Ave.