As a resident of South Park, I can tell you that one of the hardest things about living here is the lack of casual, affordable food options to choose from (especially for dinner). A wide variety of fast casual restaurants that other communities take for granted are pretty much absent here in many parts of Downtown LA. It makes living downtown inconvenient as I frequently feel like I have to leave downtown just to grab a quick bite to eat for dinner. That, to me, totally defeats the purpose of living in an urban center where the idea of walking downstairs easily from your mixed-use residence and being able to choose from a wide variety of eateries should be a normal and standard process. Of course, I have to remind myself many times that DTLA is still a fledgling and growing urban center and has not matured quite yet. With all the being said, that’s why I’m super excited that a new Chipotle is planning to open in South Park soon.
The new Chipotle will be opening at South Park by Windsor (formerly known as Hanover South Park) located on the northwest corner of Olympic and Hill Street. The 281-unit rental apartment property, which was completed in March 2015, has been filling up with some cool ground floor retail tenants including an upscale bridal and gown shop by designer Walter Mendez, and more recently, a new make-up and eyelash studio called Lucy Hart Ink. This will be the second Chipotle to open in Downtown LA with the original location at 7th and Grand Ave having opened almost 6 years ago. The approximately 2,000 square foot space faces Hill Street adjacent to the rental property’s lobby and leasing office.
Some people, I predict, will lament that a “chain!” is opening instead of an independent mom and pop. Personally, I think that way of thinking is not only unrealistic, but limiting as well. First of all, it is impossible to prevent all chains from being able to do business in a community as diverse and expansive as Downtown LA. Second of all, a truly great urban center should generally have a wide variety of options — chains and indies, cheap and expensive, and everything in between — that cater to many, many people’s tastes and preferences — both yours and mine. That would make Downtown LA truly livable, give it a balanced character, and attractive to a wider range of demographics (not just hipsters, vegans, or those who just really love their expensive coffee).
Look for the new DTLA Chipotle to serve up their burrito bowls sometime next year in 2017.
Other ground floor retail businesses