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Long Awaited Tender Greens Officially Opens Downtown LA Location (Dinner Served)

The long awaited Tender Greens is now finally open in Downtown LA at 6th/Olive near Pershing Square

The long awaited Tender Greens is now finally open in Downtown LA at 6th/Olive near Pershing Square

Wow! First announced in February 2013 almost two years ago, the very much anticipated Tender Greens is now finally open in Downtown LA! Although it soft opened this past Friday, the first official opening day will be tomorrow on Monday, October 20. Due to the historic nature of the space inside the 1908 PacMutual Building at 6th/Olive, many construction delays postponed the opening of the restaurant by almost 10 months. Downtown residents and office workers have been waiting eagerly for Tender Greens — known for their simple, healthy and delicious menu — to open, helping to activate once sleepy 6th Street in the Financial District into the next eatery hotspot. The great news everyone who lives and works downtown should know is that the new downtown location will be open for dinner. I repeat, Tender Greens in Downtown LA will be open for dinner!

Tender Greens opens next to also-relatively-new Le Pain Quotidien and shares an outdoor dining courtyard with the Belgian bakery cafe that opened in April of this year. If you haven’t been following the very interesting backstory of the courtyard, it was just recently restored after being covered up since WWII.

Another unique aspect about the new downtown Tender Greens is its pedestrian-oriented Pickup To-Go window that will allow you to order online and bypass the usual line for faster service perfect for the office worker in a rush.

Tender Greens will be open every day for lunch and dinner. If you need a recommendation, my favorite item on the menu is the albacore hot plate with kale salad and a house-made mint lemonade to wash your food down.

This is where diners will wait in line

This is where diners will wait in line

Preparing that delicious kale salad

Preparing that delicious kale salad

Service with a smile :)

Service with a smile :)

Some dessert with that meal?

Some dessert with that meal?

The extensive drink menu includes iced and hot teas, natural sodas, house-made drinks like mint lemonade, beer, and red/white wines

The extensive drink menu includes iced and hot teas, natural sodas, house-made drinks like mint lemonade, beer, and red/white wines

Did I mention Stumptown coffee?

Did I mention Stumptown coffee?

Try the albacore hot plate with kale salad, house-made mint lemonade, with a salted white chocolate oat cookie

Try the albacore hot plate with kale salad, house-made mint lemonade, with a salted white chocolate oat cookie

The dining area inside Tender Greens is bright, modern, and comfortable

The dining area inside Tender Greens is bright, modern, and comfortable

Or you can opt to sit outside in the new dining courtyard (Tender Greens on the right and Le Pain Quotidien on the left)

Or you can opt to sit outside in the new dining courtyard (Tender Greens on the right and Le Pain Quotidien on the left)

The unique Downtown LA feature is this Pickup To-Go window located outside the restaurant on 6th Street

The unique Downtown LA feature is this Pickup To-Go window located outside the restaurant on 6th Street

Yummy catering also available

Yummy catering also available

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11 Comments

  1. Lawrence says

    Great to see another good and relatively affordable option come downtown and even better to hear that they will be open for dinner. This section of downtown along with South Park, is lacking in the affordable-mid range restaurant category, especially for dinner. Tender Greens is a welcome addition.

  2. Fakey McFakename says

    Nice! Keep ’em coming. Brigham – how do you think the City could improve its processes to make sure other businesses don’t get deterred by these sorts of delays?

    • Fakey McFakename says

      Also, this is a complete non-sequitur, but I think DTLA really could use more of a college-age population. Wondering if there’s any prospect of attracting a private college to open a branch campus downtown like Emerson’s one in Hollywood.

      • DTLA DOES have a relatively large college-age population. USC is JUST down the street and many students (the ones who can afford it… due to the high rent) choose to live in DTLA. Mount St. Mary’s is also across the street from USC in the University Park neighborhood. Not to mention the many students from the specialty arts schools (Colburn School, FIDM, and SCI-Arc) who live in the DTLA. There’s also a UCLA Extension branch in the Financial District, the LMU Law School a few blocks west of LA Live, and LA Trade Tech a couple blocks south of LA Live. In addition, there are many small professional schools (Chicago School of Prof. Psychology, etc.) all over the downtown area that cater to the young “college-age” population. The one negative about DTLA is that its low stock of affordable housing makes it very difficult for the young students from all these schools to afford to live in the area. City Hall (perhaps with some partnership from the major colleges & universities in the area) needs to seriously think about setting up some college-only residential units around DTLA to encourage more college students to live in the area (like Chicago and NYC have done as housing costs in their downtown areas have sky-rocketed).

        • Fakey McFakename says

          They’re way too small, and you don’t get the atmosphere from a few professional schools and people commuting 2 miles to USC that you do in cities like Chicago, where the Loop is jam packed with universities–not just professional schools, branch campuses, and commuter students.

          • Shabaz says

            I grew up in Chicago and have many family and friends who have gone to college in that city, so I’m going to call you out on your point about the Loop being “jam-packed” with universities — that’s quite an overstatement. DePaul has a downtown “branch” campus (I believe its the biz school and law school, not the same type of “student” there). Other than that, you have Roosevelt University and Robert Morris University (both very much “professional” schools), Columbia College (a very niche-specific art school), and the Art Institute of Chicago (a very prestigious art school with very small enrollment). Northwestern’s Med School and Law School are not in the Loop. Neither is the Circle campus of the biggest school in city, UIC. If you count the main campus of UIC and DePaul and Loyola and UofC, then YES, you may have a point. But none of those schools are based in Downtown Chicago. Moreover, many of the students who go to those schools also don’t live in Downtown Chicago as they have perfectly fine housing options in and around the neighborhoods of the main campus. It doesn’t make sense to commute to campus from a high-rent district such as the Loop when you’re a student who needs constant access to the university’s facilities and/or institutions and have limited income/time on your hands.

            If you were gonna use NYC as a case, I may have been more convinced. Downtown Chicago is not a good example, relative to DTLA.

  3. Agreed… and in my experience, college students are more likely to rely on mass transit and cycling, two things downtown LA does relatively well.

  4. Although not related to the article directly, my question is about a recent rendering of a South Park development I observed a few days ago…Fig Central. Overall, I was impressed with the renderings but have yet to see the projected height of the (now 3) high rises expressed in stories. Does anyone have this info?

  5. Chapman Resident says

    So excited about Tender Greens, but Le Pain is by far second place to that delicious crepe spot Crepe Xpress, just a few yards away. I wish they had asked the creperie to be in the historic courtyard, versus two large-ish chain joints.

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