Tossed is coming to Downtown LA’s Financial District near Wilshire/Hope and will be the first one to open on the West Coast in the country (2nd one if you count Vancouver, Canada). According to the Tossed website, this health-conscious restaurant–serving up “garden fresh salads, crepe wraps and sandwiches”–was started in Manhattan in 1998 where the first location was at Park Ave/23rd St (near Madison Square Park).
The website’s press release gives us more info about Tossed in Los Angeles:
“Tossed’s new Los Angeles franchise will be led by Chris Khaleghian, a long time LA resident with nearly thirty years’ experience owning and operating casual restaurants [like Johnny Rockets in Manhattan Beach]. Khaleghian is personally investing in the franchise along with partners Christi Hogin and Michael Jenkins.”
What is exciting to me about Tossed opening is that it joins a substantial list of other restaurants that are either already open or will be opening in the Financial District. Restaurants such as Drago Centro, Chaya, Urbano Pizza Bar, Caffe Primo, Industriel, Ocho, Le Ka, etc. have transformed our once deserted-after-5pm Financial District into a bona fide foodie destination, and even more importantly, giving it a “neighborhood vibe” that most financial districts in other cities generally lack (including even Downtown Manhattan).
I spoke to the owner Chris Khaleghian today as he gave me a tour of the space and explained to me how excited he was about opening in Downtown LA (as we also watched his crew put up the “Coming Soon” sign in the window). So excited, in fact, that he wants to open up two more locations in other neighborhoods in Downtown LA. And because Khaleghian will be taking advantage of LA’s restaurant “hospitality express” program, he expects to open up faster and hopes to be serving up those fresh salads by November 2011.