food hall dtla los angeles

Original Article Credit by TRD NATIONAL

The feeding frenzy for the food hall model in Los Angeles, New York and beyond is growing, but recent indicators show the real estate play may be overcooked.

The number of food halls on both coasts, along with Chicago, Miami and others is set to quadruple, from 160 in 2016 to 450 by the end of 2020, according to a recent Cushman & Wakefield study, cited by the Los Angeles Times. Nearly a dozen notable food halls have failed in the last four years, and Cushman expects more of that as they proliferate.

L.A. is seeing its fair share of new food halls, many inspired by the success of DTLA’s Grand Central Market, which sees 2 million visitors a year, many ready to wait an hour for one of Eggslut’s famous breakfast sandwiches.

Some are being built from the ground up, but developers are also using them to fill hard-to-rent retail space. Essex Property Trust is adding a 21-vendor hall at the Santee Court apartment complex in Downtown L.A. Developer Urban Offerings wants to build a rooftop food hall at the Norton Building in the Fashion District.

In New York, the creator behind a Downtown Brooklyn food hall signed a lease with Boston Properties to open a 10,000-square-foot version, called The Hugh, in a Midtown Manhattan tower. And a 30,000-square-foot food hall in a Blackstone-owned shopping center in Queens, is also scheduled to open soon.

Consultant Rick Moses, who oversaw the recent renovation of LA’s Grand Central Market and is working on another location in Culver City, said developers should think twice before digging in.

“There is very little room for more,” he told the Times. “They have to be very special places to be successful.” But, he added, “we are past the peak.” [LAT]Dennis Lynch

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El Pollo Loco embracing Snapchat dtla los angeles


Original Article Credit by Jefferson Graham for USA TODAY

LOS ANGELES – For National Hispanic Heritage Month, which begins today, the California-based restaurant chain El Pollo Loco has turned to Snapchat and augmented reality to celebrate.

El Pollo Loco, which has nearly 500 stores in California, Nevada, Arizona, Texas, Utah and Louisiana, is looking to bring back lost Latino-themed murals in downtown Los Angeles, if only in virtual form.

Beginning Sunday, open the Snapchat smartphone app, tap on the background to activate the World Lenses feature, and point the phone at the now blank wall. With that, the old murals come back to life on the screen.

“We really didn’t want to lose that culture,” says El Pollo Loco CEO Bernard Acoca. The campaign runs  for a month.

El Pollo Loco embracing Snapchat dtla los angeles


Interviewed in a booth at the first El Pollo Loco restaurant, circa 1980, in downtown Los Angeles,  Acoca said the murals went away because of gentrification, but he looks to bring them back by having the original artists repaint the originals outside his L.A. stores.

The Snapchat lens will work on five blank walls in downtown Los Angeles. You can find the locations by visiting the website

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Original Article Credit to Cheryl L. Diano for ABC 7 News

LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Rising up to 70 feet above the street in near downtown L.A., four murals by prominent local Mexican-American artists were unveiled at the grand opening of LA Plaza Village, a mixed-use development near Olvera Street and Chinatown.

The murals, painted by Judithe Hernández, José Lozano, Miguel Angel Reyes, and Barbara Carrasco, were inspired by El Aliso, a historic sycamore tree which grew in the heart of what is now downtown Los Angeles and represents “the values of community, family, and cultural heritage.”

The largest of the murals is Hernández’s “La Reina Nueva” (The New Queen) which rises 70 feet on the south end of the project along Broadway.

“It’s the idea of celebrating the Mexican-American contribution to Los Angeles,” said Alfredo Izmajtovich, the executive vice president of the Caesar Chavez Foundation.

The colorful four-building development is located where Cesar Chavez and Broadway meet. LA Plaza Village has 355 live/work lofts, studios, and one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments with 71 units set aside for low-income tenants, and 43,000-square feet of retail and restaurant space.

Additionally, LA Plaza Cocina, a museum and teaching kitchen dedicated to Mexican cuisine, will open next year in a 2,500-square-foot space.

The construction of LA Plaza Village brought more than 3,400 jobs to Los Angeles.

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Jenga-like skyscraper near Pershing Square dtla los angeles

Original Article by for LA Curbed

Plans for what could become one of Downtown’s most unique-looking skyscrapers received unanimous approval today from the city’s planning commission.

With cantilevered swimming pools jutting out of its upper floors, the tower proposed for across the street from Pershing Square has been said to look like an in-progress game of Jenga. Commissioner Samantha Millman called it an “ambitious and audacious project.”

The 53-story hotel and condo tower would rise on a slim, L-shaped lot that wraps around the Pershing Square building, also owned by the tower’s developer, Jeffrey Fish of JMF Enterprises.

In addition to the thrilling pools, the glassy high-rise would incorporate a number of other water features, including two that will effectively hide the above-ground parking podium behind a wall of falling water.

Inside the structure, there would be 190 “five-star” hotel rooms and 31 condominiums. Twelve lucky condos would have their own cantilevered swimming pools. The tower would also have a connection on its 13th floor to the popular rooftop restaurant Perch in the Pershing Square building.

The structure was envisioned by Fish and designed with Miami-based Arquitectonica, which was also the architect for the Emerson apartments next to the Walt Disney Concert Hall on Bunker Hill.

The commissioners applauded the project’s bold architecture and creative approach to disguising parking.

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Rooftop Cinema Club dtla los angeles

Original Article Credit by Alysia Gray Painter for NBC Los Angeles

What might be found up in the sky when an October moon shimmers brightly?

Witches merrily flying through silvery clouds, perhaps. Ghosties fluttering through on a breeze. And, in the distance, the flapping of bat wings, as they return to their castle home after a long night of batting about.

But there are two more things to be found high above the ground when the spookiest month so charmingly materializes: The screening series at Neuehouse in Hollywood and LEVEL in DTLA.

It’s the Rooftop Cinema Club we’re fluttering our bat wings over here, and while this cinematic treat is associated with summertime, it is making a fall appearance, one that involves some of the chillingest and thrillingest of Halloween movies.

The series recently revealed its October 2019 schedule, so let the cackling, and ticket purchasing commence.

Zooming in on a broomstick?

“Hocus Pocus” shall cast a spell at both locations on select nights, as will “Beetlejuice.” There’s a “Fright Night” screening and Q&A at LEVEL, and a similar night for “King Kong” at Neuehouse.

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Original Article Credit to CBSLA

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — A corner market in downtown Los Angeles celebrated its grand reopening Thursday with a renewed focus on providing healthy food options for those in the community with help from the Los Angeles Food Policy Council.

Luz Arango grew up working in her mother Lupita’s market on the corner of 3rd Street in Downtown Los Angeles’s Westlake District for the past 27 years.

“Back in the day, small markets in the neighborhoods in Los Angeles were actually the primary markets for a lot of customers,” Arango said. “Typically, back in the day, we would have all of our chips and sodas in the front.”

But two years ago when Lupita was ready to retire, the Los Angeles Food Policy Council offered Arango an opportunity to make a difference in her community.

“They walked into our doors and said, ‘Hey, would you like to have some education? You are technically in a food desert.’”

The Council is a nonprofit agency that supports small markets and businesses in becoming healthier food vendors in their communities that often lack grocery stores.

After Arango took part in classes, the Council awarded her with a market makeover that allowed her to carry on a healthier version of her mother’s legacy.

“I get to keep the history of my mother and the sign, which is Lupita’s Corner,” she said. “Life gets expensive, things get expensive and you can only sustain for so long.”

The renovation design and labor was provided pro bono by Gensler and Build Group SoCal. Arango raised money for the materials through a GoFundMe page.

“I truly believe that we all deserve to eat better,” she said.

Arango said she looks forward to providing kids from neighboring schools and employees from Good Samaritan Hospital and local families the option to have healthier beverages, prepared foods and affordable fresh produce.

“Everyone deserves to have accessibility to healthier food, not just people who can afford it,” she said.

The market reopened Thursday and is now a CalFresh vendor.

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Original Article Credit by Adrienne Alpert for ABC 7

LOS ANGELES (KABC) — An only-in-L.A. free public art installation is on view now at three city locations. “Light the Barricades” is interactive and invites viewers to think about their inner obstructions.

Artists Candy Chang and James A. Reeves want to know what you think, feel and see and they want you share your perspectives on social media with the hashtag #LightTheBarricades. The artists are in the photo above, on the right, which shows how big their walls are. The pieces are lighted from within, like a photographer’s lightbox. They invite photos.

“Resentment” is on view in Grand Park DTLA, “Judgment” is at the Museum of Natural History in Exposition Park, and “Doubt” is on the Santa Monica sand in front of the Annenberg Community Beach House.

For more about the exhibit, click here.

The installation is part of the Annenberg Space for Photography’s 10th Anniversary celebration. In October, the walls move to the Annenberg in Century City to be part of a larger exhibit on exploring barriers, real and perceived titled “Walls: Defend, Divide, and the Divine.” For more about the exhibit that opens Oct. 5 through Dec. 29 click here.

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Friday, September 13th, 2019

By Dino Buiatti
L.A. Realtor | @DTLADino | 213-270-5613 | [email protected] | BRE# 01909958

This week (September  6th – September 13th) there are 20 new condos for sale downtown.

The listings range from $300K to $6.995M and are in the following districts:

  • Arts District – 2 new listings.
  • Bunker Hill – 1 new listing.
  • Central City West – 1 new listings.
  • Fashion District – 0 new listings.
  • Financial District – 0 new listing.
  • Historic Core – 1 new listings.
  • Little Tokyo – 1 new listings.
  • South Park – 11 new listings.

Please see a breakdown by the DTLA district below.


There is two new listings in the Arts District this week between $879K & $2.075M.

Arts District


There is one new listings in Bunker Hill this week. A 1-Bed/1-Bath, 1,006 Sqft. unit.

Bunker Hill


There is one new listings in Central City West; a 1-Bed/1-Bath, 1,130 Sqft.

Central City West


There is one new listing in the Historic Core; a 2-Bed/2-Bath with 860 Sqft.

Historic Core



There are four new listings in Little Tokyo this week; ranging from $300K to $550K.

Little Tokyo


In South Park this week, there are eleven new listings; ranging from $539K  to $6.995M.

South Park

DTLA Listings In Map View

See all 20 NEW DTLA listings in Map View.

All New Listings

Original Article Credit By Joel Grover and Amy Corral for NBC 4

You see them all over LA: the homeless pitching small camping tents on sidewalks, outside City Hall, under freeway overpasses and along riverbeds.

But it’s a different kind of tent that might be key to quickly, and cost effectively, providing shelter for thousands of homeless people.

Developed by a company called Sprung, the heated and air-conditioned tents are the same that can be put up in a hurry to house hurricane victims and others displaced by natural disasters. One of the large, semi-permanent fabric tents sits in the heart of LA’s Skid Row.

“It’s affordable, it’s quick, it’s comfortable,” said the Rev. Andy Bales, of the Union Rescue Mission. “This is a disaster. It may be man-made. It may be neglect, but we need to treat it like a natural disaster and move on it immediately.”

Bales’ organization is behind the Skid Row tent project, which has been visited twice in the last two weeks by White House and other federal officials who say they want to help LA construct more of the huge tents.

Los Angeles, like other large U.S. cities, has struggled with the issue for years. The homeless population has grown by 16 percent in LA over the last year, according to figures released in June. That increase is illustrated by sprawling encampments near City Hall and other areas in downtown LA, under overpasses and along riverbeds.

heart of LA's Skid Row

Bales gave the NBC4 I-Team a look at the Sprung tent, which will house 120 homeless women starting next month, ahead of the federal officials’ visit.

“They can be put up quickly,” he said. “They’re more affordable than regular structures.”

LA has one other Sprung tent, so far. Located in Hollywood, it provides temporary shelter to about 70 homeless people and cost the city $3 million. That’s almost three times the $1 million cost of the huge tent put up by the Union Rescue Mission.

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AIDS Walk Los Angeles in Downtown LA

Original Article Credit by ABC 7

LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Join ABC7 Eyewitness News Anchor Ellen Leyva and the ABC7 – Disney Pride team as we fight for the health of all communities at AIDS Walk Los Angeles on Sunday, October 20.

ABC7 is a Grand Sponsor of the event for the 8th year, and we are proud to partner with Disney Pride and welcome our Circle of Eyewitnesses for this year’s walk!

AIDS Walk Los Angeles is the largest AIDS fundraising event in California, bringing 30,000 participants together annually to fight HIV/AIDS. Since 1985, AIDS Walk Los Angeles has drawn over a half-million participants who have collectively raised more than $88 million.

The event helps sustain APLA Health’s prevention, care and advocacy programs for the thousands of men, women and families affected by the disease in Los Angeles County. Proceeds also benefit more than 20 other HIV/AIDS service organizations.

We will be hosting an #abc7eyewitness meet-up before the event. We invite our team members to join us at 8:30am at our location in Grand Park, across from L.A. City Hall. We’ll hang out with our team members and ABC7 anchors and reporters, taking pics and watching the opening ceremony together.

The 10K – 6.2 mile walk begins and ends at Grand Park, winding through the streets of historic downtown Los Angeles.

Sunday, Oct. 20
8:30am – General Sign-in
9:00am – Aerobic Warm Up
9:15am – Opening Ceremony
10:00am – Walk is underway

For more information on AIDS Walk Los Angeles, visit

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El Tejano Downtown los angeles

Original Article Credit by by for LA Eater

Demand for Tex-Mex in LA continues to increase, with queso stalwarts like Homestate opening new locations across town and Josef Centeno opening Amacita in Culver City. Last weekend, the Valley-based restaurant El Tejano made the jump on So-Cal’s fast-moving Tex-Mex train and opened a new location in Downtown’s shuttered Wangs Tavern, with yet another location headed to West Hollywood in the former Inkwell space.

El Tejano Downtown opened over the weekend, and La Cienega’s opening is imminent with new signage and a fresh paint job. El Tejano first opened in North Hollywood in 2016 with a sweet Austin-style patio, with a second Woodland Hills location slightly over a year ago.

The entire feel is all-day Tex-Mex, plus El Tejano DTLA has an abundance of TVs just in time for fall sports. Downtown’s outdoor patio keeps brightly-colored seating, more TVs, and sits just a block away from the busy Whole Foods. El Tejano is running a limited menu right now with appetizers, burritos, tacos, and taco salads until next week.

El Tejano DTLA’s hours are Monday through Saturday from 3 p.m. until 2 a.m. They’ll catch every football game as well, opening at 9 a.m. on Sundays.

El Tejano DTLA. 801 S. Grand Avenue, Downtown, CA
El Tejano WeHo. 826 N La Cienega Blvd Los Angeles, CA


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Original Article Credit By Natalie Lizarraga for KTLA 5

KTLA 5 Live visited DTLA’s Barcito to try the new cocktail menu. The restaurant has an Argentinian flare on classics you love at a neighborhood bar. Find them @barcito.

Fashion District building sells for $10.25M, to be redeveloped

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A roughly 26,000-square-foot commercial property in Downtown’s Fashion District has sold for $10.25 million to a developer with plan to turn it into a mixed-use project.

CBRE, which represented the seller and the buyer, 4D Development & Investment, announced the sale today.

The building has tenants renting about 20,000 square feet of the available space now, which “allows the new owner to maintain an income stream while seeking entitlements and permits for a mid-rise mixed-use project,” a release from CBRE says.

4D has another property nearby, the E. on Grand, which opened in 2017 at Pico and Grand, and has projects in the works close to the Vermont/Beverly Red Line station in East Hollywood and in West Adams, near Redondo Boulevard.

The property at 1201 South Los Angeles Street already qualifies for certain incentives through the transit-oriented communities guidelines that would allow a developer to build a denser project if affordable housing were included.

But, CBRE notes, the site is also “within an area of the DTLA 2040 plan, allowing for increased density and height.” The plan, which would guide development in the Downtown area, would pave the way for building tens of thousands of units of new housing. The plan available for public feedback now.

CBRE says the seller was a family that has owned the property for decades but had no desire to develop it themselves.

The Fashion District is already busy with redevelopment, most notably with the redevelopment of the Southern California Flower Market, which will add a 15-story building with 323 residential units, office space, and event space to the site.

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the new jalisco bar dtla los angeles


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This Latinx club has been around for over three decades and honors every sense of the term “dive bar.” Its glamorous charm brings queer Angelenos for drag shows and cheap drinks–just be sure to bring cash.

While West Hollywood is arguably the best LGBTQ destination in the country, Downtown Los Angeles offers people a grungier, less-manicured, more diverse local ambiance that brings people from all walks of life to the scene.

In fact, Downtown is having a bit of a queer hayday. DTLA Pride is an up- and-coming event that celebrates diversity and local businesses in the area. This non-profit group that runs the pride has a mission to “strengthen and empower the local LGBT+ & ally community in Downtown Los Angeles through visibility, volunteerism, partnerships, and events.”

This has created an influx of venues.

The proliferation of gay bars in downtown is a new trend that’s also been changing nightlife in the City of Angels. Bars like Precinct and Redline are fairly recent establishments, but The New Jalisco Bar is certainly the veteran of the bunch, with honorable mention to the Mustache Mondays back when it was at La Cita Bar.

the new jalisco bar dtla los angeles

Jalisco Bar is your escape from Top 40 Billboard hits. The drag queens at this bar give you the best of Gloria Trevi, Laura León, and Paulina Rubio. These fabulous Mexican divas resonate in the hearts of many queer Latinos like me.

They sing about our heartbreaks and triumphs, and people feel their spirit when the drag queens get on stage. This is some of the reasons why people keep coming back to see great diva queens such as Azul Love.

Azul Love has been working at The New Jalisco Bar since 2011, back when they hadn’t remodeled the bar yet. The spot was so modest she recalls changing into her outfits and putting on her make-up in the bathroom to get ready to perform.

“It was very tiny and people would need to come in to use the toilet—we thought it was hilarious,” she recalls. “No one wanted to perform at the bar because they thought it looked ugly.”

This fierce Latina drag queen quickly became one of the hosts at The New Jalisco Bar for Wednesday, Friday and Sunday shows: “I started working with the bar regularly,” Azul told GayCities. “I was in charge of the Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday shows, and in 2015 we came up with the idea of changing the bar’s look by adding sofas, a chandelier and red velvet curtains for the stage.”

Azul Love’s favorite impersonation is Gloria Trevi, one of Mexico’s fiercest divas. But this drag queen also impersonates Lady Gaga, which has given her the opportunity to travel to Hawaii, Chicago, and the Bay Area.

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Metro Blue Line Long Beach dtla


Original Article Credit by Hayley Munguia (Long Beach Press-Telegram) for Daily News

Metro riders traveling from Long Beach to downtown Los Angeles — and vice versa — have, since January, faced freeway traffic aboard shuttle buses while the agency’s oldest light-rail line, the Blue Line, has undergone renovation work.

But that’s set to change next month, when the new and improved line will fully reopen to the public.

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced Tuesday, Sept. 10, the 22-mile line will open in “late October,” after the nine-month, $350-million project is completed. A specific date will be announced “following train testing,” a Metro statement said.

When the route reopens, it will be dubbed the “A Line,” as part of a system-wide move from color designations to letters.

“We would like to sincerely thank the public for its patience,” Metro CEO Phillip Washington said in a statement, “during our construction work to improve one of our nation’s busiest light rail lines.”

The Blue Line, which first opened in 1990, was in sore need of a revamp, Metro officials said before the work began.

“What we are trying to do with the Blue Line,” Ted Lindholm, executive officer of capital projects for Metro, said last year, “is take a 28-year-old workhorse and improve it, turn it into a good state of repair.”

The project required a shutdown of the southern half from January through May followed by a five-month shuttering of the northern half.

The revamp included installing four additional crossover tracks to reduce interruptions, upgrading the control-signal system and replacing certain segments of the tracks.

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