Le Pain Quotidien with Historic Courtyard Now Open at PacMutual in Downtown LA

A new Le Pain Quotidien is now open at the PacMutual along with the newly revealed and renovated adjacent historic courtyard to the right

A new Le Pain Quotidien is now open at the PacMutual along with the newly revealed and renovated adjacent historic courtyard to the right

It’s been almost a whole year (last May 2013) since we found out that Le Pain Quotidien (aka LPQ) was coming to the PacMutual in Downtown LA. After a little delay — it was supposed to open in February this year — LPQ finally opened last Saturday about a week ago and has been serving up breakfast and lunch with a menu of tartines, quiches, soups and salads along with coffee and tea paired with an array of fresh yummy pastries.

In addition, the exciting renovation of the adjacent historic courtyard — covered since post-WWII — is almost complete. Half of the courtyard was revealed last week along with the opening of LPQ with lots of outdoor seating and newly added stringed lights crisscrossing overhead that will really give diners an amazing ambiance at night. The other half of the courtyard is still being built out along with the planned opening of Tender Greens, which is slated to open in late spring (also delayed). To read the full story about the historic courtyard, click here.

On the west coast, LPQ has still remained exclusively in the LA market. The new 2,100 square foot downtown location is the 18th store in the Los Angeles metro area including one in Orange County. LPQ, which started in Brussels, Belgium in 1990 by chef Alain Coumont, has become known for their organic breads, croissants, cakes, and other tasty pastry items. For comparison, our east coast counterpart, New York, has 33 LPQ locations in the city.

According to the manager of LPQ in Downtown LA, Denise Davis, the hours are very flexible right now. As demand continues to increase, the restaurant will open later, and eventually the goal is to add dinner hours, which will likely happen after Tender Greens opens sometime in late spring. I was told that the dinner menu will be very similar to the Melrose location with the organic chicken being Davis’ favorite item on the menu. Beer and wine will also be available in the downtown location once they secure their license.

For more info about LPQ in Downtown LA, check out their website.

Le Pain Quotidien now open at the PacMutual near Pershing Square at 6th/Olive

Le Pain Quotidien now open at the PacMutual near Pershing Square at 6th/Olive

LPQ entryway with a warm and inviting ambiance

LPQ entryway with a warm and inviting ambiance

LPQ is known for their pastries

LPQ is known for their pastries

The beverage menu

The beverage menu

A view of the LPQ interior with exposed ceilings

A view of the LPQ interior with exposed ceilings

A view of 6th Street outside

A view of 6th Street outside

How to eat a tartine at LPQ

How to eat a tartine at LPQ

Historic Courtyard Revealed

Half of the historic courtyard is now revealed as outdoor dining for LPQ with stringed lights crisscrossing overhead

Half of the historic courtyard is now revealed as outdoor dining for LPQ with stringed lights crisscrossing overhead

The other half of the historic courtyard (on the left) will be finished when Tender Greens opens in a few more months

The other half of the historic courtyard (on the left) will be finished when Tender Greens opens in a few more months

A view of LPQ from the historic courtyard

A view of LPQ from the historic courtyard

5 Responses to Le Pain Quotidien with Historic Courtyard Now Open at PacMutual in Downtown LA

  1. I was very excited to stop by over the weekend. It truly is a beautiful space, and the courtyard isn’t even finished!

  2. Belial Issimo

    Holy cow, 12 bucks+ for a sandwich without even a second piece of bread on top.

  3. They did such a great job with the space, love it! The newly revealed courtyard is beautiful. So happy to have them in the neighborhood – now I can walk to get my quinoa-spelt scone instead of driving to Larchmont!

  4. Le Pain is painfully cramped, the tables are tiny (seriously, not enough room for even coffee for two), and the food is daintily annoying. I don’t want to eat anywhere that has to explain how to eat something. The courtyard and building are beautiful, however!

  5. @matt

    Thats how it
    Is in Europe too… Tables are small.. And the instructions on how to eat?? I think its just a little humor… Adds to the ambiance i think.

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