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.
A look inside The Rosslyn restoration
The common areas restored
BONUS: An authentic speakeasy from the past