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Tranquility Base Opens with an Emotional Ribbon Cutting

By Eric Richardson
Published: Thursday, April 10, 2008, at 04:52PM
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Tranquility Base owner Dave Tardif thanks his sister and co-owner, Kelli Arriola.

New South Park restaurant Tranquility Base held its ribbon cutting Thursday morning, and the emotion shown by owner Dave Tardif made clear what a journey its been to get the stylish eatery open.

Councilwoman Jan Perry and DCBID Director of Economic Development Hal Bastian were on hand to welcome Tranquility Base to Downtown and participate in the ribbon cutting, one of three weekend events for the restaurant.

Before cutting the ribbon Tardif thanked his family for the emotional, and financial, support they've shown, giving a big hug to sister and co-owner Kelli Arriola and making clear his appreciation for parents Norm and Modestine and his late wife, Alejandra.

Tranquility Base represents a nearly $1 million investment in South Park. The restaurant features a hip indoor space and comfortable patio with a mix of tables and couches. The menu and decor will update seasonally, and the eatery will offer lunch, dinner and late night service seven days a week.

While he's excited about all the new things that have opened to date, Tardif sees big things for Downtown's future. "We're still on the cusp of a major explosion," he said.

As part of its official opening weekend, Tranquility Base will hold the "First Annual Downtown Los Angeles Spring Cocktail Party" on Saturday, April 12th, from 7 - 10pm. Attendees will vote on what cocktail to make Tranquility's featured drink. Downtowners are invited, but an RSVP to RSVP@tranquilityla.com is required.

The following day the restaurant will serve its first Sunday brunch from 10am to 3pm.

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