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HoneyCut: Cedd Moses’ New Speakeasy Coming to South Park in Downtown LA

HoneyCut, a new speakeasy coming to an alleyway in South Park, behind the boutique O Hotel

HoneyCut, a new speakeasy coming to the O Hotel basement, with access from the alleyway behind Flower Street

Something secretive and seductive is brewing underground in South Park. Within the basement of the posh boutique O-Hotel is another magical 213 Nightlife spot in the making as part of Cedd Moses’ growing Downtown LA empire, which includes the likes of Golden Gopher, Broadway Bar, Seven Grand, and the Varnish. Under construction is a new speakeasy (that’s why it’s so secretive) termed “HoneyCut” that will add some much needed zest to a relatively quiet hood.

Cedd Moses is purportedly teaming up on the HoneyCut speakeasy with David Kaplan and Alex Day of Proprietors LLC — two New Yorkers turned Angelenos who successfully helped revamp the Bar & Kitchen restaurant at the O Hotel back in 2010. According to their website, this project has been in the works for at least a couple of years.

In order to access HoneyCut, future nightlife patrons will enter through a back door in the alleyway behind Flower Street and go down a flight of stairs into the basement, which goes along with the whole speakeasy vibe and atmosphere. The space, at about 3,000 square feet, will have two bars and a dance floor. Patry + Kline was brought on to design the space, which will likely have a rustic underground design befitting of downtown’s next hottest speakeasy set to open later this year in winter 2013.

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  1. Robert says

    Another dive bites the dust. The Back Door Pub was a hidden gem in South Park. Cedd makes a good product though, good luck.

  2. Myles says

    Hopefully this project will distract Cedd from the monstrosity he is planning at the old Crazy Gideon’s building in the Arts District.

  3. Caryn Hofberg says

    Cedd Moses doesn’t own Varnish. It’s a private venture by a guy named Eric and some other folks.

    • Eric Needleman part of The Spirited Group, which is tied to 213 Nightlife, which is Cedd Moses.

  4. david says

    I came close to leasing a unit at Watermarke (the high rise in your B&W pic) but the state of downtown turned me off. On one side of schizophrenic DT – I guess you’d call it “the nice side” – west of Olive, it was bright and shiny, but not very lively…kind of suburbanized, with skyscrapers. On the other side – “the trashy side” I suppose – east of Hill, it was filled with great old buildings (not including the abysmal street levels) but it had a really desperate vibe… sad and scary and trashy. “Forlorn” might be a more charitable term.
    All in all, I was shocked at how dirty the sidewalks were throughout most of DT… how many fabulous old buildings were in a state of utter disrepair…how few well tended green spaces or landscaped sidewalks or any kind of planters or flower beds there were around town… how baffled and disappointed were the tourists from other countries who had no clue how underwhelming the “heart” of LA could be.
    DT has many good points, but overall there is an overwhelming sense that the city lacks vision and willpower – that public and private sectors are incapable of making DT a place Angelenos can be proud of…. and where people really want to spend time. Compared to real urban centers – SF, Boston, Philly, Chicago, DC, not to mention NYC – DTLA is a curiously dull and drab place….

  5. jj says

    @David… Your late to the party. DTLA is growing for the better, that is why Brigham has this blog. Your surprised at the state of DTLA now, but If you knew what DTLA looked like even 10 years ago you wouldn’t have (or would have) been caught dead in DTLA after 5pm.

  6. jj says

    Plus DTLA is about another 5-10 years from being considered an unquestionably nice area. its kinda amusing to have someone like David come in and tell us that “public and private sectors are incapable of making DT a place people want to spend time”. Then i think…. HAHAHA if only you knew what DT used to look like. DT was a giant parking lot! LA Live/ Staples Center, the Historic Core (as it is now), Grand Park, Walt Disney Concert Hall, South Park are all less than 15 years old! And there is even more to come!

  7. David, DTLA is a work in progress, it has gone from 10,000 to 50,000 inhabitants in just a few short years. It has a potential for at least twice that, and with the current and planned construction, it will achieve that rather quickly. Also, look at all the exciting retail that is coming and it won’t be long until it meets your standards. I’ve lived in DTLA since 1984 when it was stagnant with no one on the streets after 7:00PM. The change started approximately in 2002 and the rapidity has been dramatic. The buildings that are in a state of disrepair are destined to either be converted to retail and living lofts or demolition to make space for new structures. When the history of L.A. is put in perspective, with the emphasis on the car and suburban living, the change is extraordinary.

    • P says

      I’ve been in LA 2.5 yrs now and I can say without a doubt DTLA is the hottest area right now, and nothing comes close. I can’t believe there are people who still think like this David person. I am so surprised about people who think they know an area but in reality know nothing.
      What is really embarrassing is seeing tourist fumbling with maps and bus schedules at bus stops on the wide unfriendly boulevards on the Westside with cars zooming by and no one walking and staring at laundry mats, cash for gold joints, gas stations, cheap motels, fast food holes, strip malls, and yes surprisingly, its fair share of homelessness.

  8. McCalls says

    “…there is an overwhelming sense that the city lacks vision and willpower – that public and private sectors are incapable of making DT a place Angelenos can be proud of…”

    A lack of vision was a bigger problem in the distant past, when, oddly enough, LA still was more of a “whitebread” city. It was full of rather unsophisticated people, largely from the Midwest and south, who didn’t seem terribly interested in making their adopted hometown less of an unattractive backwater environment. Photos of many sections of downtown LA from the early 1900s are evocative of a tired second- or third-tier city, and not some big-town capital.

    A paucity of corporate wealth, which was monopolized by American cities like New York and Chicago, and a lack of top-flight universities, in which schools like Stanford or Berkeley gave a leg up to the Bay Area, didn’t help matters.

    In a way, people in Southern California of today — but who are sensitive about excellence and quality — are at the mercy of the incompetency and ne’er-do-well aspects of LA’s distant past.

  9. Steve says

    Downtown is white hot! Absolutely the coolest vibe in the country, maybe the world, right now….

  10. sebastian says

    I think downtown will be back when all these parking lots are gone, oh and when there will be a Trader Joes, and Whole Foods ofcourse.

  11. LAofAnaheim says

    The public entrance should be off of Flower. Flower needs more action/pedestrians south of 7th. Having the entranceway off of Flower and into an alley, will hide pedestrians who will otherwise be seen in front of HoneyCut. Note: this alley entrance for Honeycut would be further away than the Edison off 2nd Street, which at least you would see pedestrians line up on 2nd street.

  12. azzi says

    No way the neighbors will be complaining about the noise. Trust me I used to work at the O. That was my baby.

    I am excited for this venture!

  13. Arbis Galaka says

    As a long time supporter of BDP, I am deeply concerned that there will now be another pub right next to it. Aren’t there ordinances or some kind of laws preventing this type of thing from happening? Although I was hoping it wouldn’t come to this, I may have to protest this “speakeasy” in favor of keeping BDP the only TRUE pub on the block. BDP FOR LIFE!!!

  14. Arbis, be happy they wil get spill over. That place hasn’t been busy since 1985

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