It was exactly a year ago when we first discovered that Towne Food & Drink was coming to South Park in Downtown LA (along with the revealing renderings of a beautiful restaurant interior in the works by designer Mark Zeff). Now a year later, construction has finished and the restaurant soft-opened for dinner last night attracting many downtowners who have been waiting eagerly for Towne to finally open. For those who are familiar with Mi Piace in Pasadena, the same owner, Armen Shirvanian, brings Towne to Downtown LA.
Towne Food & Drink serves up New American cuisine along with a diverse selection of American desserts including a new take on the classic Twinkie in multiple flavors. Headed by two chefs, Eric Hara and Ryan Morrison, the menu is a full range of innovative culinary dishes with entrees including wood-grilled prime dry aged meats, such as Crispy Pork Shank with sweet and sour cabbage; and Beef Cheek Pot Roast with mini popovers; as well as whole-roasted fishes and composed dishes like Skate Milanese with cauliflower, wilted spinach, and hazelnuts. Another stand out item is the Bone Marrow Matzo Ball Soup with shitakes and beef consommé.
The first thing anyone notices when they enter Towne is the beautiful space inside. Designed by New York architect Mark Zeff, “he partitioned the 7,000 square-foot space into several intimate areas giving each room its own distinct feel. From the open-air terrace to the main dining room and coffee bar, each part of Towne encourages patrons to experience the full range of dining atmospheres.”
It is very exciting to see Towne now open at the corner of 9th and Flower in a part of South Park that is truly becoming a bona fide urban neighborhood. There is definitely an energy that one feels standing at this intersection that was not there before. An area once devoid of life is now active with pedestrians walking on the sidewalks. Towne is a substantial addition to this growing nabe that will continue to help activate this intersection along with the new Starbucks across the street that just opened up a few weeks ago.
Towne Food & Drink is now open daily for dinner, lunch to begin on Monday, and breakfast service to follow in the near future.