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.
Historic Courtyard Revealed