Earlier this month, we talked about the need for making the 110 freeway overpasses connecting City West with the rest of Downtown LA more attractive and pleasant for pedestrians to cross, encouraging more residents to walk instead of drive, which is part of the whole point of living in an urban downtown setting. Now there will be another reason for even those who live in “downtown proper” to walk across to City West. Two new eateries have signed on at the new 1111 Wilshire mixed-use apartment building, including Plan Check Kitchen + Bar and Souk Shawarma, both from the Westside.
At 3,800 square feet, Plan Check will take the space closest to the corner at Wilshire and Bixel right across the street from the 1100 Wilshire condo tower. Currently, the Westside gastropub is located near Santa Monica Blvd and Sawtelle next to the Los Angeles Building and Safety Department where “hundreds of architects, developers, designers, and engineers flock daily to get plans reviewed for permitting.” This is where the restaurant, Plan Check, gets its name from. Their menu consists of modern American comfort food served in tapas style along with “unique cocktails, premium whiskeys, and craft beer.”
The other restaurant space along Wilshire and adjacent to Plan Check will be Souk Shawarma at about 1,200 SF, which initially started in Beverly Hills and specializes in spit cooked meat sandwiches. In addition, Souk Shawarma will open a small dessert shop next to their own restaurant called Sweet Cream.
Plan Check Kitchen + Bar is currently in the process of applying for a CUP that will allow for alcohol to be served. The building is also applying for a permit to allow for outdoor seating along the sidewalk (currently for Plan Check), helping to activate the street with more energy and encouraging pedestrian activity along Wilshire. Both restaurants are expected to open later this year.