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Plan Check Now Open in Downtown LA’s Growing City West District

Plan Check opens its third LA location in Downtown LA at 1111 Wilshire (Photo: DYLAN + JENI)

Plan Check opens its third LA location in Downtown LA at 1111 Wilshire (Photo: DYLAN + JENI)

City West is one of Downtown LA’s least talked about neighborhoods due to its quiet (read: nothing to do) nature. However, things are definitely changing for the better as new projects like the residential mixed-user, 1111 Wilshire, and the Good Samaritan Hospital expansion are adding more urban bulk to the fledgling neighborhood-in-the-making. And now the latest addition to City West is Plan Check, an exciting new restaurant that opens today on Monday on the ground floor of the aforementioned 1111 Wilshire resi-complex. The new downtown location is the third one for the restaurant, which is the brainchild of Terry Heller who has two other Plan Check locations: one on Sawtelle and another on Fairfax near Canters Deli. The downtown location was announced in April 2013.

At 3,800 square feet, the large but definitely not overwhelming space occupies the corner location near Wilshire and Bixel surrounded by plenty of residential activity. With a “Tokyo-inspired” modern design with clean lines and a new take on cinder block dividing walls, the most striking design feature of Plan Check has to be the indoor-outdoor configuration made possible by a large patio seating area that opens out to the sidewalk. As a result, diners won’t forget they’re still in Downtown LA as the towering 37-story 1100 Wilshire building sits directly across the street. Because of its outdoor patio seating arrangement, Plan Check does an amazing job activating the corner of this intersection with an urban energy that never existed here before.

As for the menu, Plan Check is known for its culturally inspired take on American comfort food. The Downtown LA eatery has added three new items unique to this location including the K-BBQ Burger (a nod to nearby Koreatown), Meat & Potatoes, and the Spicy Tuna Salad. Also new will be an extensive happy hour menu available on weekdays (Mon to Fri) from 3 to 6 pm featuring $2-off all draft beer, $4 red/white house wines, and $5 seasonal cocktails.

Plan Check in Downtown LA will be open Sun thru Thur 11 am to midnight, Fri and Sat 11 am to 2 am.

All images below by DYLAN + JENI.

Clean lines and modern design were Tokyo-inspired

Clean lines and modern design were Tokyo-inspired

Indoor-outdoor seating gives Plan Check a great dining atmosphere

Indoor-outdoor seating gives Plan Check a great dining atmosphere

Parties up to 30 can get their own private room

Parties up to 30 can get their own private room

The bar and more seating

The bar and more seating

Unique to DTLA Menu

The KBBQ Burger

The KBBQ Burger

The Spicy Tuna Salad

The Spicy Tuna Salad

Meat & Potatoes

Meat & Potatoes

4 Comments

  1. Easily a top 5 burger in LA. The space looks fantastic and ive been waiting for this for months!

  2. Fakey McFakename says

    Great news. City West needs to grow if DTLA is going to blend properly into the rest of the City. As long as the city manages affordable housing incentives properly, it may even be able to make Westlake and Pico-Union better without displacing existing residents and connect to the Koreatown high rises. I’d love to see a future with a seamless, prospering, inclusive urban core stretching from Western to the river.

  3. wildstar says

    It will be interesting to see if people will walk over here from downtown. It’s not far at all, but there’s a huge mental barrier because of the 110. If they capped the 110 or made these bridges more pedestrian-friendly, it would really help the connection.

    • Lawrence says

      Agree with making those bridges more pedestrian friendly. This could be easily done even as a short term improvement. Planters or other pedestrian amenities would go a long way, but you would need a group to maintain them.

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