downtown los angeles, historic core

Restored Rosslyn Hotel to Get “Mini Ralphs” Market in Downtown LA

The Rosslyn Hotel has undergone a full restoration bringing back the glimmer in this historic gem, and now a new local grocery store will occupy its corner retail space at 5th and Main

The Rosslyn Hotel has undergone a full restoration bringing back the glimmer in this historic gem, and now a new local grocery store will occupy its corner retail space at 5th and Main

Speaking of new markets coming to Downtown LA (like the exciting news from last week regarding a giant Whole Foods opening in November of this year), another smaller local indie market is slated for the newly remodeled Rosslyn Hotel at 5th and Main in Downtown LA’s Historic Core. The still-unnamed market will be going into a 3,200 square foot corner space that used to be Bert Green Fine Art who is credited for founding in 2004 the popular DTLA monthly Art Walk. According to the building owner SRO Housing Corporation — which just recently completed a full restoration of the 13-story beaux arts historic gem — the new market will strive to be like a “mini Ralphs,” or basically a neighborhood grocery store carrying pretty much a little bit of everything you would need like cereal, fresh produce, and even meats.

In addition, the market plans to introduce a limited beer and wine selection (with restrictions on opening bottles in the store). The undisclosed owner apparently owns a few other small local markets in the LA area and will be working very closely with the building owner to maintain a high standard for its customers. The market is currently going through the permitting process and is hoping to begin construction soon with a targeted opening date by summer.

SRO Housing Corporation purchased the historic 1923 Rosslyn Hotel in 2010 and recently converted it into 264 modern studio apartments for homeless veterans and low-income residents. Described by the LA Times in 2001 as a “skid row flophouse” once drowned by the sordid undercomings of drugs and crime, the ornate structure endured an extended period of severe neglect and disrepair during some of the darkest times in Downtown LA’s history. The full restoration brought back the shine of gold-trimmed skylights and beautiful marble floors, and most importantly, a renewed sense of pride and optimism for DTLA’s future.

The front entrance off 5th Street restored beautifully

The front entrance off 5th Street restored beautifully

The ornate historic details of the Rosslyn have been restored beautifully

The ornate historic details of the Rosslyn have been restored beautifully

The local grocery store will be going into the corner retail space at the Rosslyn

The local grocery store will be going into the corner retail space at the Rosslyn

The new market will occupy what was once the "New York Hat Store" at the Rosslyn

The new market will occupy what was once the “New York Hat Store” at the Rosslyn

A look inside The Rosslyn restoration

A model unit shows what the restored units look like throughout the building

A model unit shows what the restored units look like throughout the building

There are now 264 modern studio apartments

There are now 264 modern studio apartments

Most of the bathrooms have original historic details left intact like the beautiful tiles on the walls and floor

Most of the bathrooms have original historic details left intact like the beautiful tiles on the walls and floor

More historic details left intact like these original metal door knobs

More historic details left intact like these original metal door knobs

The view outside the window at the Rosslyn Lofts (not Hotel) across the street

The view outside the window at the Rosslyn Lofts (not Hotel) across the street

The common areas restored

The beautiful gold-trimmed skylights now shine brightly again

The beautiful gold-trimmed skylights now shine brightly again

A brand new lounge area above the lobby

A brand new lounge area above the lobby

A new expansive laundry facility provides easy access for residents within the building

A new expansive laundry facility provides easy access for residents within the building

A common area kitchen for residents with modern stainless steel appliances can be used for community gathering events

A common area kitchen for residents with modern stainless steel appliances can be used for community gathering events

BONUS: An authentic speakeasy from the past

The Monterey Room rests in the basement of the Rosslyn and was once a speakeasy during the Prohibition Era

The Monterey Room rests in the basement of the Rosslyn and was once a speakeasy during the Prohibition Era

Oh the many stories this flamenco dancer could tell if only...

Oh the many stories this flamenco dancer could tell if only…

There are currently no plans by the building owner to reuse this space as an eatery or bar, but maybe one day...

There are currently no plans by the building owner to reuse this space as an eatery or bar, but maybe one day…

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21 Comments

  1. Absolutely Fantastic! And the news about the mini-Ralph’s market is gonna be a hit with the Historic Core! GOOD THINKING Planners and Business people alike!

  2. The Rosslyn market is in trouble. They don’t carry much, and are expensive for what they do have. But, they have awesome signs on their sandwich board out front.. But that’s not gonna keep them in business..

    • David S. says

      Adam, how can a market that hasn’t even started construction be in trouble with you over their selection and high prices? Perhaps your comment was meant for a different article or board? At least you liked your personal vision as to what their sidewalk sandwich board will look like when it finally appears in about a year from now.

    • JMO says

      The market you are talking about is Baltic Avenue Market which is across from the Hotel Rosslyn Apartments in the Rosslyn Lofts’ ground floor retail space. That market is is expensive, the owner is rude, and many of us who live in the building and across the street cannot wait for the new market to open in The Hotel Rosslyn Apartments!

  3. Sebastian says

    Beautiful, if they could only continue to build like this.

  4. I’m speechless. SRO Housing Corp should get an award for this project. It sets an example on how things should be done.

    The Alexandria, on the other hand, is a disaster! The people who own the Alexandria should take a cue from SRO Housing.

    And how exciting that this intersection will get an actual grocery store!

  5. A corner market that sell beer and milk and a couple necessities? So….a liquor store?

  6. Beautiful, and even better that it’s being targeted for low-income individuals and homeless vets. This is the type of property that brings both confidence and pride back into a community that can really use the positive vibes. Fantastic all around for SRO Housing, and here’s hoping the market is a big hit and a bit more in line with the clientele of the area and not just another Urban Radish that, while being very nice, simply cannot compete when it comes to reasonable prices.

  7. So glad to see this space restored to its original condition. Congratulations to SRO Housing Corporation. And hello from Chicago to DTLA!

  8. Who on Earth would go to this grocery store, let alone a restaurant or speakeasy in its basement, if it’s downstairs to a low cost housing? lol I think the “grocery store” is indeed a code name for a liquor store. smh

  9. @Den: You don’t seem to be aware that there is a lot of mid-to-high end retail in SRO Housing in DTLA. The Hayward is an example of one such building. Who will shop at this Ralphs? I will for one, a loft owner in the Rowan on the next block over. I am welcoming this store with eagerness, anticipation and open arms and I’m quite certain I speak for most of my neighbors when I say that.

  10. corner soul says

    Nice, they should bring that bar back… downtown could use a few more proper dives.

  11. This will go a long way in sprucing a moribund intersection. If only they can get those guys from squatting on the “stoop” at the parking garage across from Nickel Diner then that’s progress!

  12. LOVE THE LIVING SPACES! I like it I LIKE IT I LIKE IT A LOT. They kept the bathroom floor! I think I like it better than the Rosslyn Lofts. However, I hate the fact you have to go to skid row just to inquire or sign up for the lease; it’s horrid going out there!

  13. JMO says

    It’s a beautiful building but a nightmare to live in. Daily have issues with plumbing, heating, and drug dealing and prostitution rings being conducted by a few bad tenants who, on a daily basis, assault other tenants and DO NOT follow any rules. SRO has been negligent in taking care of the issues it promised the Housing Authority of Los Angeles that would be kept in check. Tenants in the building do not feel safe, are stressed out. The security guards are constantly verbally threatened by some of the bad tenants in the building who SRO is allowing to do their daily crap! Some of the tenants have severe mental dysfunctions, get drunk and go off on other tenants and the guards. This going on for 3-months and SRO has DONE NOTHING!

  14. JMO says

    On a daily basis, homeless and non-tenants are sneaking into the building by bad tenants who let them in through side doors (which are not locked and not secured with alarms). These non-tenants are assaulting tenants. Laundry is being stolen from the laundry rooms and some tenants are like scavengers (they drag unsanitary things out of the Apartment dumpster and other dumpsters around the area into the building). Tenants are complaining of cockroaches and rats are scene in the ally next to the Hotel Rosslyn Apartments. Shame!

  15. Maureen G. O'Brien says

    Well it looks like they are making progress, but it’s in bursts. It does not look like it’s going to be a ‘Mini Ralph’s’, but it would serve this community well. I live on the Loft side, and was bummed to see how some of the lesser housebroken tenants were bringing their hustles to the front of the building, but between the store, ‘464’, an austere looking place where Portofino’s was, the new Japanese restaurant on the corner (they want outdoor tables?) and the store. that corner could really come up SOME. The pictures of salmon and Multi-grain crusty bread that are on the windows have me thinking – is the salmon aisle near the ramen noodle aisle? The owners look like they are going through it with the city.
    Could you please investigate what’s up?
    I would, but I need a job and you know….lol..
    The food at ‘464’ looks good, but it’s sterile and needs some feng to go with the shui. The first week they were open, they had virtually no business because it was so bright it scared people. I told them to turn the lights down and some color in there. They did, and people started trickling in, but no reaching out to the neighbors – no jobs were offered to anyone around here – I don’t know. These places go under so quickly what lasts is a mystery. And they killed the Bar 107?

  16. Maureen G. O'Brien says

    Well, no jobs for the community – they lied to me for two months – snd one of the guys qent white when I asked when thet were takinf aops, because a worker fpe Ralph’s said it was already staffed with Union workers. It’s a Green Appke shithole with too much lighting and no fresh food. Tore up and liars. Sad. Not a positive.

  17. Looking bad and didsaponted so far with the “mini-Ralph’s”. It’s the same guys that ran a makeshift looking places on 6th street called “village market” that lasted a few months. All old used racks, second hand equipment and dusty looking inventory. Expect some bad signage and cheap no vie poster decor coming soon. I spoke to an SRO Housing rep and expressed my disappointment on a missed opportunity. I wish it was going to be a 365, which I hear is a lower cost version from Whole foods or Fresh n Easy. They might as well leave a for lease sign up, this will be gone before the year is up, such a waste of a nice renovated new space.

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