The sign went up in October of 2011, and after almost a year and half since Industriel was first announced that it would replace Carl’s Jr at 6th and Grand in the Financial District, it is now finally nearing the finish line as the new French restaurant prepares for its grand opening tomorrow on Friday.
On Wednesday night, servers were getting the hang of things during a soft opening. Industriel owner, Armen Hakobayan, tells me that he invited many of the loyal customers from his Pasadena restaurant Green Street Tavern to come down and try out his latest culinary endeavor. The crowd inside the restaurant quickly grew after 6PM filling in the industrial, yet warm and cozy, space. Oysters, a variety of quiches, escargots, and pork sandwiches were served.
Hakobayan, who now has five restaurants under his belt (including two in Armenia, one in Moscow, another in Pasadena, and now Industriel in Downtown LA), brings another great dining option to Downtown LA that helps keep downtown at the forefront of LA’s competitive dining scene. And knowing me, I was especially glad to see this corner, once derelict and seedy, cleaned up and activated. Nothing makes me happier to see our urban center being revitalized before my very eyes.
Industriel opens officially on Friday, May 18, 2012 according to Hakobayan.