No it’s not a new Guess clothing store coming to 7th and Grand across from Bottega Louie as many downtowners thought this past spring. No, it’s way better. A very exciting new French bistro and bar called Coco Laurent is putting on the finishing touches with plans to soft open in the next two weeks. I foresee the new restaurant forming a very strong synergy with Bottega Louie across the street.
Having seen the space recently, the place is gorgeous. At 7,000 square feet, the space has soaring high ceilings. The design is classic French style with handmade chandeliers flown in from France hung over the bar and the walnut crown moldings accentuate the space with fine details.
The owner of Coco Laurent is no stranger to downtown. Vincent Terzian was previously behind the Crocker Club as co-owner and designer at 5th and Spring, and for Coco Laurent, he is bringing in Chef Guillaume Jouvet from Paris. According to Mark Quest of Forte The Collective, the PR team working with Terzian, Coco Laurent will have “something for everyone.”
“The vibe, the food, the drinks and the entire experience will be unprecedented for downtown L.A. Whether you’re looking for a chic downtown restaurant to take a date, an unassuming after-work happy hour spot or a power lunch with an important business client, this will be the place to be,” Quest writes in an email.
The restaurant and bar accommodates up to 300 guests and will be open from brunch to late-night dining and will offer a notable wine list, spirits and ingenious cocktails. Adding to the French flare is the adjoining delicatessen that will open early to serve artisan sandwiches, puff pastries and coffee and tea for those on-the-go.
Currently, the plan is for Coco Laurent to soft open this month.