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Meruelo Signs a Restaurant for the Union

By Eric Richardson
Published: Tuesday, July 24, 2007, at 10:41AM

Just as Men's Style reports on LA's new bank vault bar trend, featuring two someday-to-open spots in Downtown, Meruelo Maddux has put out a press release saying that they've got a restaurant lined up for the Union Lofts at 8th and Hill. The deal with Los Feliz, LLC, includes 6,000 square feet on the ground floor and 5,000 square feet for a lounge in the former bank building's vault and safety deposit area. I've poked around the web to see what else "acclaimed restaurateur John Valencia" has done, but so far I've come up empty.

It's great to see yet another stretch of unassuming street become lively. With the Golden Gopher and Colori Kitchen on the next block west and the Chapman bringing revitalization one block east, 8th street is really showing its potential.

Now all we need is for the CRA and the purchaser of the Hotel Bristol to settle their lawsuit so that work on that building can finally begin.

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