With 166 locations in California, can you believe there still isn’t a Jersey Mike’s sandwich shop in Downtown LA? I find it interesting looking at the locations map on their website that the Los Angeles area is filled with Jersey Mike’s except for Downtown LA and the areas surrounding it, almost like a huge hole (or void) in a doughnut. As someone who believes we should have a little bit of everything in Downtown LA to provide the most options for various tastes in a fully walkable, transit-rich environment, I am glad that we’re finally getting our first Jersey Mike’s opening in South Park later this year.
Located on the ground floor of the 8th and Hope apartment tower across the street from The Bloc, Jersey Mike’s will be taking over a 1,250 square foot space just one door down from the upcoming Philz Coffee from San Francisco, which judging by its huge fan base, will likely draw lots of people when it opens later this year as well.
With these new businesses opening on 8th Street (also just one block down from Whole Foods at 8th and Grand opening in November), the pedestrian connection between South Park and the Financial District is finally beginning to strengthen. By the end of the year when all these businesses are open, what was once a desolate stretch filled with parking lots and dead zones — or rift between two districts — will be activated, contributing to a new vibrant urban community.