Another new lounge is coming soon to the continuously evolving, and relatively new, “Restaurant Row of Downtown LA” along 7th Street. Within the past 5 years, 7th Street has seen multiple new restaurants open along 4 blocks that stretch from Figueroa to Olive St. Restaurants like Wokcano, Dublin’s Irish Pub, Sugar Fish Sushi, Bottega Louie, Soi 7, and Mas Malo are just some of the names that have put Downtown LA on the foodie map.
Now a new lounge called Salvage will be entering the scene. It is taking over an empty space (once occupied by a liquor store) on the very eastern side of the Roosevelt Lofts (a historical landmark built in 1926 in the Beaux Arts architectural style). The lounge gets its name from the salvaged materials recovered during construction of the Roosevelt Lofts. Owner and designer, Solomon Mansoor, is using those materials recovered (such as wood, rock, and steel) to build out the 3,000 square-foot space.
Mansoor isn’t a stranger to Downtown Los Angeles or the Roosevelt Lofts. He was behind the “120-foot cascading waterfall mural” that is now one of the defining features of the upscale lofts for rent upstairs from his new lounge on the ground floor.
Mansoor tells me this about the new concept for his lounge:
“Imagine wandering into an eighteenth-century French chateau after the second World War, beautiful but damaged, deserted after the Nazi occupation – a vision of exposed, ripped-up walls, high ceilings, stained glass, dark woods and antique mirrors.
Imagine encountering other fascinated – and fascinating – lost souls within this mysterious wasteland. Imagine actually being able to buy a cocktail and listen to music in such a rarefied environment. Gaze around in wonder as you take the first sip…
Welcome to the first bar in Los Angeles to be almost entirely built out of remnants and scraps from its host building, the venerable Roosevelt Lofts, on 7th and Flower. Welcome to a whole new era of cool in downtown. Welcome to SALVAGE.”
Mansoor says that he is on schedule to open “as soon as possible” and is shooting for an opening date in the next few months. Stay tuned…