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Trader Vic's Headed to Downtown?

By Eric Richardson
Published: Wednesday, April 30, 2008, at 11:06AM
717 W. 9th Eric Richardson [Flickr]

717 W. 9th, seen here under construction, features a restaurant space on the corner.

According to a press release put out today, the Trader Vic's restaurant chain is set to be coming to Downtown in 2009. At the helm of the franchised location is the Valencia Group, also behind the upcoming restaurant at the Union Lofts.

The Valencia Group, a Los Angeles-based restaurant management group, announced plans for the 2009 opening of legendary Trader Vic's in Downtown Los Angeles. The group is currently evaluating several locations for the restaurant near the Nokia Theatre and the Staples Center.

... "As Los Angeles natives, we're proud to be part of the Downtown renaissance," said [Senior Partner John] Valencia. "There's a rich history of great fine dining restaurants here and, with the increase in residents and businesses relocating Downtown, we think Trader Vic's will be bustling."

While the release says multiple locations are under consideration, the website for the restaurant shows a rendering of 717 W. 9th, under construction at the corner of 9th and Flower. That project would make for a logical fit, given that the Valencia Group has an existing relationship with developer Meruelo-Maddux through the Union Lofts project.

717 W. 9th is scheduled for a mid-2009 completion, which could fit with the restaurant's proposed timetable.

Update (10pm): The website has removed the shot of 717 W. 9th, replacing it with a generic skyline photo.

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