Earlier this month DTLA Rising broke the news that popular health-conscious eatery Tender Greens is officially coming to Downtown LA later this year, opening a 3,300 SF location at the PacMutual Building by Pershing Square, which was purchased last April 2012 by urban-minded developers Rising Realty Partners. But the exciting news doesn’t stop there. A new courtyard will be “carved out” of the PacMutual Building fronting 6th Street that will complement the arrival of Tender Greens by allowing for expanded outdoor patio dining. The proposed courtyard really isn’t “new” to be exact but is actually just restoring what was originally there: a historic courtyard created when the PacMutual Building expanded early on in the building’s history.
The PacMutual Building actually consists of three separate historic buildings built at different times and connected together including: the original 6-story 1908 structure facing Pershing Square, a 12-story 1921 addition (the largest out of the three) along 6th and Grand Ave, and another 4-story 1926 structure adjacent to the Biltmore Hotel sometimes referred to as the “Carriage House” (where Nasty Gal is taking 50,000 SF of creative office space).
Restoring the original courtyard will entail removing a small one-story building along 6th Street currently housing the Verizon Wireless Authorized Dealer retail store, which will relocate in April to another retail space near the building’s main entrance currently occupied by employment agency Manpower (leaving at the end of March). This small one-story building, which was added sometime after WWII, is sandwiched between the original 1908 portion of the PacMutual Building and the 1921 addition. Rising Realty Partners will be working with the LA Conservancy and a historic preservation architect to restore the historic courtyard. Work is slated to begin in late April after Verizon relocates.
The long-term goal for the PacMutual Building when Rising Realty Partners purchased it last year was to reposition the beautiful-but-outdated historic structure into a valuable community asset for Downtown LA. Signing on Tender Greens is part of that long-term strategy to bring the building back to relevancy within the community. Due to Tender Green’s popularity, we can expect to see a strong lunch and dinner crowd, which will help activate this block day-and-night along 6th Street (between Grand and Olive). Unlike 7th Street, now deemed Downtown LA’s “Restaurant Row,” 6th Street has been struggling to gain a strong identity. The addition of a courtyard, which will be shared by Tender Greens and another restaurant, will provide for a great new space for those who live and work downtown to congregate, adding more life and a stronger “sense of place” to an evolving urban street.