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The Nickel Makes LAT Column One

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Saturday, September 20, 2008, at 10:33AM
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Pastry chef Sharlena Fong, who the LAT piece notes previously worked under restaurateur Thomas Keller.

For 40 years to the month, LAT's "Column One" has sat on the front page, a staple that features local, national, and international stories of interest.

Today, Monica May and Kristen Trattner make the front page with Cara Mia DiMassa's "The Nickel dishes up a big helping of downtown L.A.". It's a great account of the two owners' journey to open up a restaurant in a block that was known by its negatives.

The Nickel opened just under a month ago to very good reviews among the Downtown community. Immediately it was the sort of place where if you indulged by going back a second day in a row, you were likely to see a handful of other people seated near you who were also dining back to back.

People in the neighborhood are obviously excited about the new option. As the Times piece notes, it took the community buying in ahead of time to make the Nickel happen. Julie Swayze of Metropolis Books and Jim and Celia Winstead of Raw Materials are interviewed as investors.

It's not often a brand-new diner makes the front page of the Times. That's worth some congratulations.

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