The Bunker Hill Bar & Grill is opening June 2013 at the One Bunker Hill historic office building next to the West Coast’s current tallest skyscraper Library Tower
From the same owners of Leka, Wockano, and Green Hut (all downtown) — Michael and Marcus Kwan and Kerry Moy — comes a new upscale sports bar called The Bunker Hill Bar & Grill opening very soon at the beautiful One Bunker Hill historic office building (aka the Southern California Edison Building). Replacing what used to be a La Salsa Mexican restaurant, Bunker Hill Bar & Grill will be a fantastic addition to an otherwise quiet-after-5pm corner of 5th and Grand, which is at the cusp of the Financial District and Bunker Hill.
Badmaash is a modern Indian gastropub now open in Downtown LA
An exciting new Indian gastropub called Badmaash is now officially open at the historic Higgins loft building at 2nd/Main near Downtown LA’s Civic Center, right across the street from the LAPD unofficial dog park. Badmaash replaces what used to be Charcoal Grill (a nondescript and forgettable Mexican eatery that shuttered in 2011 without much notice).
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The Crash Mansion building at 1024 S Grand Ave in South Park
Last week, there was an exciting rumor that Hilton was possibly in escrow to purchase a 58,000 square foot parking lot at the SE corner of Olympic and Grand. The parcel, which is entitled for up to 33 stories, could become a dual development project with hotel and residences. However, a rep from DLANC (the Downtown LA Neighborhood Council) provided feedback that it would not become a hotel. So the mystery continues. However, whether it becomes a hotel or a residential mixed-use project, something is happening on site as demolition activity was spotted last week at the former Crash Mansion building at 1024 S Grand Ave.
Eric Garcetti takes a picture with the Downtown Los Angeles skyline in the background (Photo: EricGarcetti.com)
By Tom De Simone
Dear Fellow Angelenos,
I just returned from another evening of phone banking for Eric Garcetti and since I’ve been calling complete strangers, trying to convince them to vote for Garcetti for Mayor, I figured I should certainly reach out to my friends as well. We are fast approaching a mayoral election (Tues. May 21) in which the media would have you think there is no use even bothering to vote because the two candidates are mere carbon copies with little to distinguish them. Yet, while there are several similarities between Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel, there are key differences that make this race important and one in which I urge you to vote for Eric Garcetti to be our next Mayor of Los Angeles.
A surface parking lot in South Park at the SE corner of Olympic and Grand is currently in escrow with the purported buyer being Hilton Hotels
An ugly surface parking lot at the SE corner of Olympic and Grand, adjacent to the infamous and now defunct Crash Mansion night club, may have a much brighter future ahead reborn as a potential mixed-use hotel development, improving and activating this anti-pedestrian intersection. Several sources have informed me that the 58,000 square foot lot is currently in escrow and point specifically to Hilton as the purported buyer. The South Park site, located a stone’s throw from LA Live/Staples Center, is definitely hot on the hotel industry radar. In fact, at one point, even Four Seasons was apparently kicking the tires a bit.
The Pershing Hotel begins construction this week turning this priceless 1889 Victorian beauty into 69 affordable housing units at 5th and Main in the Historic Core (Photo: Killefer Flammang Architects)
Late last week, the LA Times reported that one of Downtown LA’s most beautiful examples of Victorian architecture (the kind we usually associate with San Francisco with those lovely bay windows and ornate facade details) will be receiving some major positive upgrades. Located at 5th and Main, the Victorian beauty known as the Pershing Hotel that was built in 1889 by real estate developer Charles Charnock, will be converted to 69 units of affordable housing for the homeless or very low income population and will be called the New Pershing Apartments. The $15 million project will be designed by Killefer Flammang Architects and take about one year to complete.
Le Pain Quotidien is opening next to Tender Greens, both slated to open later this year at the PacMutual Building at Pershing Square
The PacMutual Building is in the midst of some very exciting changes that will contribute significantly to the Downtown LA renaissance, especially around Pershing Square where it needs it the most. Over the last year since being acquired by the very proactive and urban-minded Rising Realty Partners, this stretch of 6th Street has been on an exciting makeover journey that will eventually give the street the strong identity it has failed to gain over the last decade. First we found out that the very popular Tender Greens was coming and then the exciting announcement that a historic courtyard would be brought back and restored after being covered since WWII. Now, I am excited to announce that Le Pain Quotidien, the international bakery cafe originally from Belgium, has signed a lease taking over the former Happy Bowl space next to the future Tender Greens.
The “Extra concept” from Smart & Final, opening summer 2013, will be a full-scale grocery market added to the Downtown LA community
The downtown community has been clamoring for more grocery stores for obvious reasons. It’s difficult to live somewhere comfortably without having convenient access to a lot of grocery options. We all love our Ralphs Fresh Fare, Woori Market, and even City Target, but in the case of grocery options, the more the merrier. Competition creates an advantage for consumers who are able to price and quality shop. So it is very exciting to me that another truly full-scale grocery store will be opening in a few months that will help make downtown an even more attractive place to live. Smart & Final Extra will be opening a brand new 25,000 square foot market in the Financial District/South Park, not far from many residents and office workers in the area.
HoneyCut, a new speakeasy coming to the O Hotel basement, with access from the alleyway behind Flower Street
Something secretive and seductive is brewing underground in South Park. Within the basement of the posh boutique O-Hotel is another magical 213 Nightlife spot in the making as part of Cedd Moses’ growing Downtown LA empire, which includes the likes of Golden Gopher, Broadway Bar, Seven Grand, and the Varnish. Under construction is a new speakeasy (that’s why it’s so secretive) termed “HoneyCut” that will add some much needed zest to a relatively quiet hood.
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Downtown Brooklyn’s Fulton Street Mall is walking a similar path as Downtown LA’s Broadway toward urban revitalization
The last several weeks have been filled with really great news (read: a windfall) one after another regarding new retail stores opening or announcing their arrival in Downtown LA. It started with a big bang when we found out that the high-end Swedish retailer Acne Studios would be opening their largest store in the world at 9th and Broadway; then we had LA designer Alejandro Rodriguez’s Beautiful Fül store grand opening; then another grand opening of the national brand Sub_Urban Riot’s first retail store in the US; and then of course Brooks Brothers opened not long after in the Financial District. It culminated last Thursday with the exciting announcement that Urban Outfitters will be coming to Broadway later this year taking over and rehabbing the beautiful but dilapidated Rialto Theatre, including the restoration of the historic theater marquee.
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