I grabbed lunch today at the new Juicy Lucy gourmet burger spot located inside the still brand new upscale food court at FIGat7th called TASTE. I could not believe how busy the lunch crowd was here around 1PM. Mind you, there are only 5 eateries that have opened up so far — George’s Greek Grill, The Melt, Juicy Lucy, Indus, and Oleego — and there are already this many people coming to eat here for lunch? That shows you the amount of demand in the area and why I want more companies to move back into Downtown LA to boost our local economy. I can only imagine what the place will be like once all the other planned restaurants open, which include for now, Mendocino Farms, Flying Pig, The Pizza Studio, and Sprinkles Cupcakes with more restaurants to be announced soon in the next few months. That synergy will likely translate into a much stronger dinner crowd as well, especially when the other planned retailers open.
The current goal is to lease up the remaining spaces left at FIGat7th by this summer with most of the new stores open by the end of the year. I am told that the interest is very strong in FIGat7th and a lot of exciting new-to-Downtown LA retailers will be setting up shop that will help launch a new wave of retail development in Downtown LA, especially with Macy’s Plaza nearby expected to get its own desperately needed remodel in the not-so-distant future. Eventually, with a mix of high quality retailers and restaurants, FIGat7th will become a regional draw and destination that will benefit the entire Downtown LA-area.
Chef Paul Shoemaker’s Juicy Lucy
Oleego by Parks (Korean) BBQ
Indus – Modern Indian by Saffron
The Melt SF