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.