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Juicy Lucy, Oleego, and Indus Now Open at FIGat7th in Downtown LA

A variety of new and exciting eateries have been opening up at Taste, an upscale food court at the newly revamped FIGat7th in Downtown LA

A variety of new and exciting eateries have been opening up at Taste, an upscale food court at the newly revamped FIGat7th in Downtown LA

Over the last several weeks, a variety of new and exciting eateries have opened up at FIGat7th in the upscale food court concept called Taste, which is located on the lower level of the newly revamped outdoor shopping center. Late last year, George’s Greek Grill along with The Melt (from SF) were the first two to open, and now, LA-based chef Paul Shoemaker has officially launched Juicy Lucy (focusing on gourmet burgers), while Indus (a new Indian concept from Saffron) and Oleego by Parks (Korean) Barbecue are also now open.

Over the next several weeks, more tasty eats will be added to the impressive roster at Taste including the flagship location for Mendocino Farms, a much anticipated Sprinkles cupcakes, Loteria Grill, Flying Pig (from Little Tokyo), and The Pizza Studio. The new restaurant openings are not only providing more food options for workers and residents alike but also helping to further establish Downtown LA as the most exciting new dining destination in the region. Eater LA stated it best: “Certainly a win for Downtown.”

George's Greek Grill was the first new restaurant to open at FIGat7th late last year

George’s Greek Grill was the first new restaurant to open at FIGat7th late last year

The Melt from San Francisco opened late last year providing their famous cheese melt sandwiches

The Melt from San Francisco opened late last year providing their famous cheese melt sandwiches

LA-based chef Paul Shoemaker launches Juicy Lucy this week serving up his delicious gourmet burgers

LA-based chef Paul Shoemaker launches Juicy Lucy this week serving up his delicious gourmet burgers

Oleego by Parks Barbecue adds Kalbi, among other popular Korean dishes, to the mix

Oleego by Parks Barbecue adds Kalbi, among other popular Korean dishes, to the mix

Indus is the newest Indian concept from Saffron

Indus is the newest Indian concept from Saffron

The seating area inside the Taste food court at FIGat7th

The seating area inside the Taste food court at FIGat7th

16 Comments

  1. brudy says

    I’ve been pretty excited about these options, especially as cheap dinner eats for us downtown residents. We grabbed a sandwich and soup at Melt the other night while walking down to the movies at LA Live. The food was good, but man was it dead in there. I know it hasn’t hit critical mass yet, but there may have been like two other people eating in there. This was around 7:00 on friday night. I desperately want these places to continue staying open till 9 or so, so I hope business picks up.

    I will say that I wish they had thought differently about the seating areas. It feels a little too food-courty. I think they could have created different spaces with different feels, some more intimate than others. I worry that people won’t go here because it feels like a mall food court even though the actually food is way above that.

  2. downtown resident says

    I think once more retail opens up, people will notice all the great food options. I think I saw Sephora and Sports Chalet are opening in the spring.

    • Topher says

      Is sephora really coming to downtown? I haven’t heard anything anywhere about that? If true that would be a big stepping stone for downtown.

      • I don’t think theres a Sephora coming..Though that would be interesting.

        ‘Sephora’ was in the Fig @ 7th redesign rendering a while back. As was ‘Zara’, ‘Urban Outfitters’, ‘Neiman Marcus’ (LOL), ‘Victoria Secret’, and ‘Forever 21’. Ahh if only DTLA could attract such big names.

  3. Tara says

    Hey — the classic Minneapolis stuffed burger is a Jucy Lucy (not a Juicy Lucy.) Burger foul!

  4. John G. says

    This place would have been better if it was within a tall atrium-type lobby within a huge tower. There is just something about this place that lacks the density to pull in more street pedestrians. Actually, if you look at this design, there is actually a large setback from the Figueroa sidewalk before you even hit Target. This concept of “open space” is good, but it doesn’t mean we can’t incorporate it into higher-density structures. If people really want parks and open space, they need to go to real open spaces like Griffith park or the beaches. This is downtown, we must really design it like a real metro, not like a strip mall.

  5. brudy says

    I’ve been down here for dinner a few times but today I thought I’d grab lunch. Well, it was mobbed. Seriously mobbed. Lines at all the places, some perhaps 20 people long. While I didn’t stick around, it did show how much need there is for more restaurants.

    • downtown resident says

      thats great to hear! I think this shows that they will make most of their income from the lunch crowd rather the dinner crowd.

  6. I hope that with the opening of Indus their other location Saffron at the Arco Plaza doesn’t get the axe. Saffron has loads of customers but apparently doesn’t have all the menu items that Indus has.

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