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The new NoMad Hotel from NYC is now open at 7th and Olive in Downtown LA

Tour Inside Stunning New NoMad Hotel in Downtown LA

As Downtown LA continues to push forward with its amazing urban renaissance, it’s actually becoming more difficult for individual projects to stand out as DTLA’s next “biggest thing” in an increasingly crowded space of exciting redevelopment projects vying for attention. I never thought I would see the day when there would be so many things going on in downtown that only the really big hitters seem to make a ripple effect throughout downtown. One such project that opened last week — a gorgeous new hotel developed by the trendsetting Sydell Group — definitely qualifies for that coveted spotlight. Come take a tour inside Downtown LA’s newest luxury hotel: The NoMad Hotel.

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A new Dunkin' Donuts will be opening this year inside one of LA's most unique retail spaces located within the 7th St/Metro Center subway station in Downtown LA

Dunkin’ Donuts Opening Inside LA’s Busiest Subway Station

One of the most unique commercial retail spaces in all of Los Angeles is getting a new business. Many people still don’t know this, but there is only one subway station in all of LA that has an actual retail space located within the station. As an ardent pedestrian and transit advocate, I am super excited to report that the 7th Street/Metro Center station (the busiest in LA), located in the very heart of Downtown LA’s bustling Financial District, is getting a brand new Dunkin’ Donuts shop!

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Nordstrom Rack opens its new Downtown LA store this week inside the FIGat7th shopping center

New Nordstrom Rack Anchors FIGat7th in Downtown LA

This week is another exciting moment in the history of Downtown LA’s urban revitalization, especially as it pertains to our growing retail scene. Over at Brookfield-owned FIGat7th in the heart of DTLA’s Financial District, one of the biggest names in fashion retail, Nordstrom Rack, will be opening its doors for business this week, which will undoubtedly help pave the way for more high-quality retailers to take notice of Downtown LA.

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The new Metro pedestrian tunnel opened today linking the 7th/Metro Center subway station to The Bloc shopping center across the street

New Metro Pedestrian Tunnel Opens in Downtown LA’s Busiest Subway Station

Today was a very exciting day for urban advocates in Los Angeles! Transit accessibility and convenience went up a great notch with the opening of Metro’s first pedestrian tunnel that links the busy 7th/Metro Center subway station — actually the busiest station in Los Angeles — directly into a private commercial property, and in this case, the shopping center known as The Bloc.

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The popular off-price Nordstrom Rack will open a new 27,000 square foot location at FIGat7th in Downtown LA

Breaking: Nordstrom Rack Coming to Downtown LA’s FIGat7th

Super exciting news for Downtown LA’s growing retail scene! One of the biggest names in fashion retail has committed to opening a new store in Downtown LA, which has been experiencing an explosion of new development not seen since the 1920s construction boom. I am so excited to announce that the very popular Nordstrom Rack has just finalized a lease to open their first downtown store at the FIGat7th shopping center located in the heart of the Financial District.

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Ranked America's most popular fast food chain, Chick-Fil-A, will be opening at the Figueroa Tower at 7th and Figueroa

Chick-Fil-A to Open First Downtown LA Location on 7th Street

DTLA is about to “eat mor chikin.” America’s most lucrative fast food restaurant chain is finally coming to Downtown LA opening in the heart of the Financial District. According to Business Insider, Chick-Fil-A generates the highest revenue per restaurant over any other fast food chain in the country. It’s also apparently the most popular fast food chain in the country, even surprisingly, besting the venerated In-N-Out Burger in recent customer survey rankings.

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The busiest station in Los Angeles' growing rail network, 7th/Metro Center, will be connected directly into The Bloc by a new pedestrian tunnel

New Metro Pedestrian Tunnel in Downtown LA Opening Jan 2017

Not all exciting developments have to be large-scale mega projects (although what DTLA fan isn’t absolutely thrilled by all the recent high-rise proposals from South Park to the Civic Center to the Arts District?). For me, I am often just as excited by the smaller-scale urban developments happening on the ground level that’s focused on enhancing the pedestrian experience, and in this case, what’s happening underground. After speaking to two different Metro contractors onsite, they both have told me that the new Metro pedestrian tunnel linking the 7th/Metro Center subway station to The Bloc shopping center will be completed early next month!

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Karl Strauss has opened a massive 13,500 SF brewery here in Downtown LA's Financial District

Karl Strauss Brewery Opens Massive LA Flagship in Downtown LA

Wow, time sure does fly. I can’t believe it’s already been a year and half since DTLA Rising first announced that Karl Strauss — the local brewery founded in San Diego in 1989 — was opening its main Los Angeles flagship location here in Downtown LA (there’s another one in Universal City Walk). We’ve all been waiting eagerly for another eatery to activate a once desolate corner in the middle of Downtown LA’s Financial District. Well, the wait is finally over as Karl Strauss is now officially open for beer and foodie lovers alike.

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Replacing the struggling Tossed salad, Jinya Ramen Bar will be serving up authentic Japanese handmade ramen

Jinya Ramen Bar Coming Soon to Downtown LA Financial District

Ramen fans rejoice! Another place to grab a hot yummy bowl of Japanese ramen is coming to the heart of Downtown LA’s Financial District. You might remember almost two years ago, I was super excited that 3rd Generation was the first eatery to bring a good attempt at authentic ramen to the Financial District (check out the slurping good pics here), and now we’re finally gonna get more than just one place to grab ramen here in the FiDi (never hurts to have more options I might add when it comes to variations of food).

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A new boba cafe called Toastea is planning to open soon inside a long vacant retail space along 7th Street next to Rite Aid

New Boba Shop Takes Over Long Vacant Space in Downtown LA

The good news just keeps on coming for 7th Street! Last week, we broke the news that the ever-so-popular Halal Guys, which has become a nationally recognized name starting from its humble beginnings as a street cart in NYC, signed a lease to replace the former Brigade LA clothing store near 7th/Olive. And now this week another exciting eatery development is taking place less than two blocks away also on 7th Street.

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The very popular Halal Guys is planning to open their first DTLA location in 2017, replacing the Brigade LA store (left)

Pinch Myself: Halal Guys is Coming to Downtown LA!

I don’t know about you, but I’ve always been a HUGE fan of the original Halal Guys from New York, which started out in 1990 at 53rd and 6th Ave in the heart of Midtown. The first time I tried it back in 2003, I became a fan immediately. Even so, to be frank, I was skeptical that they could translate those delicious platters of chicken and gyro meat with rice to a brick and mortar format and still be able to keep that authentic “street cart” flavor intact. Boy, was I glad I was wrong. After trying multiple Halal Guys in various places (Costa Mesa, Koreatown, and even Las Vegas), I’ve consistently enjoyed it every time. It’s become one of my favorite go-to spots for fast and delicious casual food that always hits the spot. That’s why I’m SUPER excited Halal Guys is planning to open their first DTLA location next year here along 7th Street!

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The Wilshire Grand Tower installed its final piece of the spire over the Labor Day weekend becoming the tallest building on the West Coast at 1,100 feet tall

Downtown LA’s Wilshire Grand Now Officially Tallest Tower on West Coast

This past Labor Day weekend, something exciting happened in Downtown LA while many were probably out of town or perhaps completely unaware (but should be!). The 73-story, AC Martin-designed Wilshire Grand Tower, located at 7th and Figueroa — one of the busiest pedestrian intersections in Southern California — officially became the tallest skyscraper on the West Coast (taking the title away from another DTLA landmark, the US Bank/Library Tower) when construction workers lifted and secured the final piece of the tower’s soaring signature spire — a first of its kind in all of Los Angeles known for its flat-roofed skyscrapers.

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Eko Eats (at 6th/Hope) brings delicious and affordable Asian food to Downtown LA's Financial District

Eko Eats Brings Delicious Korean Food to Downtown LA’s Financial District

As a resident of Downtown LA’s South Park district, it’s been frustrating for me to always have to leave downtown to eat. To me, there’s truly a lack of good and affordable eateries nearby that I can have on my regular go-to list. Most restaurants that have opened downtown in general in the last several years have been trendy and pricey establishments that are fantastic at attracting outsiders to come dine in Downtown LA, but not really geared toward full-time residents like myself. That’s why anytime there’s a new restaurant that opens downtown that’s good and affordable, it gets me all extra excited! If you live or work downtown, especially in South Park and the Financial District, you have to put this on your regular rotation: Eko Eats at 6th and Hope.

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A new larger 31,000 square foot LA Fitness has opened in The Bloc in Downtown LA

New Shiny LA Fitness Opens at The Bloc in Downtown LA

Downtown LA, an urban center still starved of various shopping options and other retail amenities, has been eagerly and anxiously awaiting for the completion of The Bloc. The massive $180 million remodeling project, which sits squarely in the middle of the bustling Financial District, has been delayed for almost a year (it was “supposed to be” done last November). Even so, the project has slowly started to come to life with the recent opening of the interior courtyard (once covered by an ugly atrium) and the beautiful makeovers inside Macy’s and the newly upgraded Sheraton Grand Hotel. In addition, it’s exciting to see that one of the shopping center’s original tenants, LA Fitness, has also relocated its once tired space into a brand new one that reflects the new downtown.

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Miro brings modern Mediterranean to the exciting corner of Wilshire and Figueroa in Downtown LA (Photo: Brigham Yen)

Miro is Downtown LA’s Newest Stunning Restaurant

A relative newcomer to the Downtown LA dining scene, Miro is making a big statement in the Financial District. Occupying the highly visible corner of Figueroa and Wilshire, the restaurant has transformed a pleasant, if somewhat unremarkable space into a real showstopper. As the former home of Cucina Rustica and an office for the Department of Immigration and Naturalization Services (INS) before that, Miro and the building it occupies illustrate the dramatic and ongoing transformation of the Financial District and Downtown LA as a whole. When the Wilshire Grand Tower debuts across the street next year, this intersection will be unrecognizable.

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