The PacMutual Building is in the midst of some very exciting changes that will contribute significantly to the Downtown LA renaissance, especially around Pershing Square where it needs it the most. Over the last year since being acquired by the very proactive and urban-minded Rising Realty Partners, this stretch of 6th Street has been on an exciting makeover journey that will eventually give the street the strong identity it has failed to gain over the last decade. First we found out that the very popular Tender Greens was coming and then the exciting announcement that a historic courtyard would be brought back and restored after being covered since WWII. Now, I am excited to announce that Le Pain Quotidien, the international bakery cafe originally from Belgium, has signed a lease taking over the former Happy Bowl space next to the future Tender Greens.
Le Pain Quotidien (LPQ) started in Brussels, Belgium in 1990 by chef Alain Coumont. Over the last two decades, the bakery cafe selling organic breads, croissants, cakes, and other tasty pastry items has expanded into 18 countries including the US where the roster includes 7 states. On the West Coast, LPQ has remained exclusively in the Los Angeles market with 16 locations (none are in San Francisco or San Diego). The new Downtown LA location will be their 17th location.
The bakery cafe will be 2,100 square feet large with 600 square feet of outdoor patio dining space. Remember the historic courtyard being restored? When completed later this year, the courtyard will be shared by both LPQ and Tender Greens with two separate railings dividing the two restaurant patio seating areas (see illustration below). In addition, a new courtyard entrance into the PacMutual Building will be added.
Le Pain Quotidien will begin construction around September with plans to open by the end of the year.