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Exclusive: San Diego Brewery Karl Strauss Coming to Downtown LA

San Diego brewery Karl Strauss, which opened in 1989, will be opening a new 9,000 square foot location in Downtown LA's Financial District

San Diego brewery Karl Strauss, which opened in 1989, will be opening a new 9,000 square foot location in Downtown LA’s Financial District

DTLA Rising has just learned that Karl Strauss Brewing Co — one of the original microbreweries credited for putting San Diego on the map in the craft brewing industry — has just signed a long term lease to open a brewery restaurant here in Downtown LA’s Financial District. The handcrafted beer chain with currently 8 locations all in Southern California (mostly in San Diego obviously) will be taking over a cavernous 9,000 13,500 square foot vacant space at the 600 Wilshire office tower (basically, where Wilshire and Grand intersect). Formerly a Bank of America branch, then a potential Ruth’s Chris steakhouse that never went through, the amazing space with ultra-high ceilings and lots of huge windows wrapping around will provide an incredible space for Karl Strauss to work with.

The new Downtown LA location will have on-site brewing and offer the full menu that you would find at other Karl Strauss brewery restaurants. Having just signed the lease in May last month, it’ll be awhile before construction will commence but they are aiming to open in middle to late 2016. When it does finally open, it will inject a lot of great pedestrian energy into this quiet corner of the Financial District and act as a strong pedestrian connector between 7th and 6th Street along Grand Ave.

Karl Strauss Brewing Co will be opening on the ground floor of the 600 Wilshire office tower in Downtown LA's Financial District

Karl Strauss Brewing Co will be opening on the ground floor of the 600 Wilshire office tower in Downtown LA’s Financial District

A look inside the massive 9,000 square foot space where Karl Strauss will be opening their Downtown LA location

A look inside the massive 9,000 square foot space where Karl Strauss will be opening their Downtown LA location

Another view around the corner of this massive space with ultra-high ceilings

Another view around the corner of this massive space with ultra-high ceilings

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5 Comments

  1. Michael says

    This will certainly be a great addition to downtown, I’ve been to a number of their breweries and restaurants in SD

    That being said, I secretly wish they’d raze that building. Every time I pass by it reminds me of Irvine and to have a single storey annex on the CORNER of 7th and Grand… at least develop that section

    • aardvark says

      Last year, I had heard a rumor that they were going to demo the 1 storey and build a tower…

      • Michael says

        I hope that’s true, what a colossal shortcoming otherwise

    • Dion says

      Thats my wish as well. I really hate this building and the small little annex next door with the Guild restaurant. Onni group bought this complex last year, so maybe they can make improvements to the tower and tear down the 1 story and put up a 40 story residential.

      As for this restaurant, looks great. We have been waiting a long time to hear of some news here and i think this may be the best option. looking forward to it opening.

  2. Is this still happening? I can’t find any more recent news and it sounded like a great development.

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