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The popular burger chain from New York, Shake Shack, will replace the current 801 Hill nightclub at 8th/Hill, opening in early 2017

Breaking: NYC’s Shake Shack Opening in Downtown LA

Move over In-N-Out! If LA’s favorite homegrown burger chain absolutely refuses to open an urban store in Downtown LA (you can read more about why In-N-Out has decided not to open here), then we’ll be glad to embrace the East Coast counterpart — Shake Shack! Yes, those yummy (but kinda-pricey-compared-to-In-N-Out) burgers from New York City will be making their way to the southwest corner of 8th and Hill replacing the 801 Hill nightclub that currently operates in the space.

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The Int'l Jewelry Mart was sold last month in Nov for $14.7 million at about $408 square foot to New York investor Atlas Capital

Jewelry District Building Sells for $14.7 Million in Downtown LA

A historic building on 7th Street located in the very heart of the Jewelry District has just been sold to New York investor, Atlas Capital, for $14.7 million. Escrow closed on the three-story, 36,000 square foot structure — currently named the “International Jewelry Mart” —  just before Thanksgiving, paving the way for new possibilities for another sadly dilapidated building in Downtown LA to be restored and repositioned as something more than just a shabby discount jewelry center. ALTC Realty represented the sellers and Industry Partners represented the buyers in the deal.

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Le Petit Paris is a massive new 300 seat French restaurant now open on the ground floor of the El Dorado on Spring St (Photo: Le Petit Paris)

Le Petit Paris Brings French Elegance to Spring St in Downtown LA

After several years of construction, Le Petit Paris made its debut at the base of the beautiful El Dorado Lofts building on Spring Street in September. The restaurant space is impressive both in terms of its sheer size and architectural details. Formerly the lobby of the once grand El Dorado hotel prior to residential conversion, the space been beautifully transformed into an expansive dining room. At the rear of the main dining area, the original lobby staircase serves as both a focal point of the space and an access point to a bar area and additional intimate seating nooks located on the mezzanine floor. Striking new crystal chandeliers line the ceiling, nicely complementing the original art deco details visible throughout the space.

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The beautiful historic Trinity Auditorium will become the first West Coast location for Fën Hotels' Esplendor hotel brand

Fën Hotels Flag Chosen for Trinity and Clark in Downtown LA

It’s impossible to believe but after years and years of beyond-frustrating (and mysterious) extended delays that have lasted for more than a decade, the long-vacant Trinity Auditorium and Hotel Clark — two historic gems owned by NY-based Chetrit Group — are finally about to open early next year as two new boutique hotels under the Fën Hotels brand from South America. This time it looks like it’s for real, for real. Argentina-based Fën Hotels (with a NYC headquarters here in the USA) will open both of their hotel brands here in Downtown LA: the Dazzler and Esplendor. With only a handful of locations in the US (one in Brooklyn and two in Florida), Downtown LA will debut as Fën Hotels’ first locations on the West Coast.

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Apple is "securing" the historic 1927 Tower Theatre as its new Downtown LA flagship store

Rumors: Apple Store Taking Over Historic Tower Theatre in Downtown LA

By now many of us know that Apple has been looking to open a store in Downtown LA, which would obviously be a huge game changer on the retail side of downtown development. But the question on everyone’s mind has been where? Well, two locations have popped up over the past year as possible considerations: The Bloc in the Financial District and the Broadway Trade Center in the Historic Core. The latter being the more likely case. With that being said, now according to some new exciting “inside info” I’ve come across, there’s an even more amazing location that Apple is apparently looking at taking over: the historic Tower Theatre at 8th and Broadway.

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Dunkin' Donuts will open its first Downtown LA location at 8th and Olive, the 3-story Hotel Olive designed by John Parkinson completed in 1904

Downtown LA’s First Dunkin’ Donuts to Open at 8th/Olive

Fans of Dunkin’ Donuts rejoice! I am happy to report that Downtown LA’s very first DD store is coming to the ground floor of the historic Hotel Olive located on the northeast corner of 8th and Olive on the cusp of the Financial District, Historic Core, and South Park. The new Dunkin’ Donuts will be about 2,000 square feet large and will take over the corner of the building with its store frontage mostly facing Olive Street replacing a couple of shuttered stores including Ramona’s Fashions.

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After more than half a decade of painstaking restoration work by LA's Andrew Meieran, Clifton's Cafeteria is finally open once again serving the people of Los Angeles

Half Decade Later: Restored Clifton’s Cafeteria Reopens in Downtown LA

The reopening of Clifton’s Cafeteria at 7th and Broadway may well be Downtown LA’s most highly anticipated restaurant opening for the entire year. After years and years (and millions and millions of dollars) of restoration work and upgrades, Clifton’s Cafeteria finally opened last week on October 1 bringing back one of LA’s most cherished historical establishments. In late 2010, local downtown restaurateur Andrew Meieran (The Edison) took over Clifton’s with a long-term 50-year lease with an option to buy. For the next five and a half years, Meieran painstakingly restored both the interior and exterior of the 5-story building, updating it with incredible detail without losing any of its historical charm and character.

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The beautiful Art Deco Foreman & Clark with its striking architectural reliefs is slated to be converted to an upscale boutique hotel, possibly the Hyde Hotels, from its prior use as a jewelry mart

SBE’s Hyde Hotels Looking to Open at 7th/Hill in Downtown LA

Back in April of this year, DTLA Rising first reported that “another boutique hotel” was coming to 7th Street in Downtown LA’s moribund Jewelry District. The lucky building that will receive this new found investment, which was previously proposed for 165 new adaptive-reuse lofts, is the historic 1929 Foreman & Clark that was purchased in 2012 by a wealthy LA-based Korean doctor named Kyung Ku Cho. A reliable source had informed DTLA Rising that Cho’s group was speaking with New York’s Gansevoort Hotel but that the deal eventually fell through possibly due to internal disagreements.

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A new 26-story mixed-use high-rise by Trammell Crow Residential is slated for 9th/Hill in Downtown LA

Breaking: New 26-Story “Alexan” Tower Coming to 9th/Hill in Downtown LA

It’s always good to see another dead zone parking lot replaced by a high quality development in Downtown LA helping to activate our growing urban center. Over at 9th and Hill on the southern edge of the Historic Core, a new exciting mixed-use tower is slated to rise on a parking lot on the northeast corner of the intersection adjacent to the highly anticipated Broadway Trade Center redevelopment project.

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This vintage photo of Clifton's fireplace is apparently a huge component in the new design that links each of the concepts thematically throughout the building according to sources close to Clifton's (Photo: James J Bradford)

Clifton’s Cafeteria Inches Closer to Opening in Downtown LA

Seriously, we’ve been waiting forever for this historic gem to reopen ever since it was closed for rehab back in March 2011, which was almost 4.5 years ago! Since then, the new owner of Clifton’s Cafeteria, Andrew Meieran, has been hard at work restoring the venerated LA institution — like bringing back the beautiful neon lights — that’s been around since 1931 when it first started out as Clifton’s Brookdale Cafeteria named for the famous Brookdale Lodge near Santa Cruz. Now, it’s finally, finally really happening as a new “Clifton’s job fair” ad went up on Craigslist earlier today that will take place next Monday to hire new employees.

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A new Floyd's 99 Barbershop has opened at 7th and Spring in the Historic Core of Downtown LA

New Floyd’s 99 Barbershop Helps Activate 7th/Spring in Downtown LA

Another corner in the Historic Core gets a solid new business helping to push the momentum forward. A new Floyd’s 99 Barbershop opened exactly two weeks ago at 7th and Spring on the ground floor of the historic Bartlett Building taking over the corner retail space where Andrew Meieran’s short-lived vintage collectibles shop Kinetescape used to be.

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Redline is Downtown LA's newest gay bar now open at 6th and Los Angeles

Redline is Downtown LA’s New “Premier Gay Bar” Now Open at 6th/Los Angeles

What an auspicious time for Downtown LA to add another gay bar now totaling three including the New Jalisco. Just about a month after Downtown LA’s newest gay bar, Precinct, opened at 4th and Broadway as well as the Supreme Court’s landmark decision on same-sex marriage legalized across the country, Redline soft opened its doors earlier than expected on Tuesday evening this week at the intersection of 6th and Los Angeles. They were initially planning to open in early August.

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The first Shiekh flagship store in LA is now open with an exclusive dedicated Jordan section

New Shiekh Flagship Store Now Open on Broadway in Downtown LA

The retail momentum continues on Broadway with the opening of Shiekh Shoes last Friday, July 10 and first reported their downtown arrival by DTLA Rising back in November 2014. Located near the very up-and-coming intersection of 8th and Broadway where Urban Outfitters, Gap Factory Store, and the Broadway Trade Center project are helping to redefine the block, Shiekh adds a nice sneaker and athletic attire option to a growing and diverse shopping district in the making.

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A new adaptive reuse project called Parmelee Lofts is coming to Broadway (on the left with all the tagging on the windows) with 32 live work lofts as well as new ground floor retail.

First Look: New Parmelee Lofts Coming to Broadway in Downtown LA

With so many historic structures along Broadway still abandoned and/or underutilized, it will still be awhile before Broadway is brought up to speed. So that’s why it’s so important to get as many of these structures restored and activated as fast as possible to continue to push the downtown momentum forward. And that’s why I’m so glad to report that another new adaptive reuse project called the Parmelee Lofts is proceeding forward near 7th and Broadway that will add new rental housing and retail to the historic thoroughfare, helping to bridge the prosperity development gap between southern and northern Broadway (basically between the Ace Hotel and Grand Central Market).

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Sweetgreen Coming to Burgeoning 8th Street Corridor in Downtown LA

Sweetgreen, the salad chain from DC with 30 locations in the country, is opening on 8th Street near the new Whole Foods in Downtown LA

Sweetgreen, the salad chain from DC with 30 locations in the country, is opening on 8th Street near the new Whole Foods in Downtown LA

What started eight years ago in Washington, DC in 2007 by three very smart Georgetown students, the popular east coast salad eatery Sweetgreen has grown to 30 locations in the country (and counting) opening their first LA location in West Hollywood earlier this year with another in Santa Monica coming soon. The LA opening spree doesn’t end there. Now the health-conscious green chain is headed to the heart of LA — Downtown LA, of course — with a new location appropriately nearby the highly anticipated upcoming Whole Foods.

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