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EJ's Bites has brought tasty and affordable Mediterranean food in a casual setting to South Park in Downtown LA (Photo: Brigham Yen)

EJ’s Bites Brings Tasty, Affordable Mediterranean to Downtown LA’s South Park

When La Gran Cucina Restaurant at Figueroa and Olympic quietly shuttered in late 2014, I assumed it was the end of the stout Downtown LA Car Wash building, which had been sold a few months prior for a record price of $25 million. After a short period of dormancy, however, a green banner cheerfully announcing the arrival of a new restaurant concept appeared. Fast forward to January of this year and EJ’s Bites made its debut serving up some of the tastiest Mediterranean fare in Downtown LA.

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TEN50 is bringing 151 luxury condos for sale to Downtown LA's exciting South Park district (Photo: TEN50)

TEN50: Boutique Living at a Grand New Address in Downtown LA

Surrounded by the hottest new restaurants, vibrant nightlife and inspiring culture, TEN50 ushers in a grand new era in Downtown Los Angeles living. One of the first condominium projects to be completed in nearly a decade, TEN50 embraces a personal and intimate resident experience, addressing the tastes and quality levels that luxury buyers are coveting but cannot currently find downtown.

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Mrs Winston's Green Grocery from the Westside is making its way eastward to Downtown LA going into the former Metropolis sales gallery on Figueroa near 9th Street

The Westside’s Mrs Winston’s Green Grocery Opening in Downtown LA

One of the Westside’s favorite salad bar eateries is making its way eastward to Downtown LA. Mrs. Winston’s Green Grocery (popular with celebs!) with two locations in Santa Monica and one in Century City is opening its fourth store here on Figueroa, replacing the former ground floor Greenland Metropolis sales office at 888 S Figueroa.

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The $1 billion Oceanwide Plaza in Downtown LA's South Park will begin its concrete pour on March 11, rebooting its construction activity after an extended dormancy

Downtown LA Oceanwide Plaza: Concrete Pour Begins, Cavalli Hotel Out

After some initial groundbreaking work that began about a year ago that created a large sunken pit to prepare for the project’s foundation and underground parking, the massive Oceanwide Plaza project (formerly known as Fig Central) has remained seemingly dormant without any other construction activity on this sprawling 4.6 acre site located directly across the Staples Center. Many have wondered what the heck is going on with Chinese developer Oceanwide’s $1 billion project, which is another huge game changing development for red hot South Park.

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South Park's growing community continues with the installation of the district's first urban parklet at 11th and Hope

New Hope Street Parklet Installed in Downtown LA’s South Park

One of the hottest districts in Downtown LA just got another little “urban boost” today. Within all the frenetic construction activity happening throughout South Park, the immediate neighborhood surrounding 11th and Hope has organically developed to become the center of the growing residential community, and today marked another great milestone with the opening of a brand new parklet installed by the South Park BID.

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Greenland's Metropolis project reached a major milestone this week with the project's first residential tower (left) topping out at 38 stories tall

First Metropolis High-Rise Tower Tops Off in Downtown LA

One of the largest mixed-use projects under construction on the West Coast — the $1 billion Metropolis project anchoring the western edge of Downtown LA in South Park — reached a major milestone on Tuesday, December 8. Chinese developer Greenland USA topped off their first tower with a ceremony marking another big step forward as the massive 6.3 acre site begins to truly take shape with all four towers now rising simultaneously. The final steel beam (that was signed by a whopping group of 500 construction workers, Greenland execs, Councilman Jose Huizar, and others that have worked on the project) was laid across the roof of the 38-story residential tower.

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Across the street from the new Whole Foods, a new CVS is coming to 8th/Grand in Downtown LA

New 24-Hour CVS Coming to South Park in Downtown LA

Less than a month after the highly anticipated Whole Foods Market opened at 8th and Grand, another new development has started construction across the street on a surface parking lot keeping the momentum going here on the northern edge of South Park. Sandwiched between Carmel’s new residential tower (that’s also under construction) and the 49-unit South Park Lofts, a new parking structure broke ground in mid November that will include a new CVS drugstore on the ground floor adding another practical business to a growing residential neighborhood in South Park.

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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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Mikkeller Bar from SF will be opening a massive 7,600 SF location here in Downtown LA's South Park district in late 2016

SF’s Mikkeller Bar Opening Massive Downtown LA Location

Olympic Blvd in South Park is in desperate need of more businesses. For a downtown in the nation’s second largest city, we sure don’t have much to show for it on one of our most significant commercial stretches where too many blocks still remain devoid of stores and restaurants. It’s sad when a Shell gas station and a Subway sandwich are considered “go-to spots” because there’s pretty much nothing else until you get to LA Live. As a result, residents of South Park really have few options when it comes to food and shopping. Well, things are hopefully about to change for the better as a prominent restaurant/bar from San Francisco has just signed a massive deal at the southeast corner of Olympic and Olive that could help turn the tide the way Bottega Louie helped transform 7th Street.

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Four exciting new businesses, including SoulCycle and Cognoscenti Coffee, are coming to Level's ground floor at 9th and Olive in 2016

SoulCycle, Cognoscenti Coffee Coming to 9th/Olive in Downtown LA

Just last week, DTLA Rising took you on an inside tour of the brand new Level tower — the very posh 303-unit corporate housing project at 9th and Olive with the amazing Vegas-style pool and amenity deck that just opened this past June. Not only do we have another gleaming new 33-story high-rise added to our growing skyline, but some very exciting new businesses are planning to open on the ground floor as well that will help activate this desolate intersection in South Park with pedestrian foot traffic. I am very excited to learn that SoulCycle and Cognoscenti Coffee will be opening here next year.

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Vancouver-based Onni's new 33-story tower adds 303 luxury corporate housing units for rent to Downtown LA's burgeoning South Park district

Level Arrives: Posh New Fully Furnished Apartments Open in Downtown LA

It’s so gratifying to see Onni’s South Park tower — named Level Furnished Living — finally completed after more than 2.5 years of construction. We’ve watched this thing go from an ugly surface parking lot at the corner of 9th and Olive to a gleaming new 33-story high-rise that now adds another nice dent to our growing skyline. Even more important, it now adds a significant injection of life to a still-desolate section of South Park that desperately yearns for more urban street life activity, which will be coming in the form of new restaurants and stores on Level’s ground floor.

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Shenzhen Hazens has confirmed that a 5-star W Hotel will anchor its massive $700 million South Park development in Downtown LA

Breaking: W Hotel Coming to Shenzhen Hazens’ Mega Project in Downtown LA

Almost three years ago, we ran a story that revealed that W Hotel was looking to open a location in Downtown LA, and for the last three years I found myself wondering: “When is W finally going to come downtown?” For someone who is a huge fan of Starwood’s hippest hotel flag, I’m beyond elated for today’s good news that W has been chosen by Shenzhen Hazens to become the new “crown jewel” to anchor their new massive South Park development slated to rise across from LA Live and Staples Center.

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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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Philz Coffee is now open in Downtown LA at 8th and Hope

SF’s Philz Coffee Now Brewing at 8th/Hope in Downtown LA

Coffee lovers rejoice! The wait is finally over. San Francisco’s uber popular Philz Coffee soft opened earlier today in Downtown LA at 8th and Hope with a long snaking line that wrapped all the way around the corner and down the block along Hope Street. Excited downtown residents and office workers packed the coffee shop eager to try the Bay Area chain’s highly reputable coffee and pastries known for their iced mint mojito topped with actual mint leaves.

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Cal State LA will be opening a new downtown campus at 801 S Grand in 2016 offering undergrad and grad programs (Photo: Cal State LA)

Cal State LA to Open Downtown LA Campus in 2016

One of the main public universities in Los Angeles — Cal State LA with 24,000 students located about 4 miles east of Downtown LA — will be opening a new downtown campus in January 2016 according to the university’s Director of Communications Robert Lopez. First reported on the LABJ, the new campus will open at 801 S Grand Ave, a modern 22-story office tower (with half of it converted to residential back in 2006) surrounded by amazing development activity including the 700-unit luxury apartment project Eighth & Grand anchored by Whole Foods across the street.

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