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Four New Eateries Open Downtown: Magnolia, Mother Road, Crown Cafe and Infusion Cafe

By Eric Richardson
Published: Thursday, March 19, 2009, at 11:38AM

Expect better reports to come in later, but it's been a busy week for Downtown dining. Four new eateries have just opened their doors: Magnolia (Financial District), Mother Road (South Park), Crown Cafe (Historic Core) and Infusion Cafe (Fashion District).

Magnolia Downtown is a second location for the Hollywood-based establishment. Located at 825 W. 9th St., the restaurant opens in space formerly occupied by Zita. From the restaurant's press release:

Ron Marino and Laurie Mulstay open Magnolia in Downtown Los Angeles located at 825 W. 9th St. Magnolia Downtown is the fourth business for the LA-based entrepreneurial pair, who also own Magnolia and The BAR in Hollywood and CHLOE in Santa Monica.

With their great vibe, classic American menu, unpretentious style and staff, and mid-range prices, Magnolia presents a refreshing concept to the Downtown area. Magnolia will cater to the growing number of Downtown residents as well as the many business professionals in the financial and fashion districts, and will serve as an ideal lunch spot, a great place to grab drinks after work, or dinner following a Lakers game. Magnolia Downtown is conveniently located near the Staples and Convention Centers, Disney Concert Hall and LA Opera.

Executive Chef Richard Crespin, formerly of Gordon Ramsay and Jean Georges, will continue to oversee the menu for both Magnolia locations.

Via an email from Mother Road, at 836 S. Grand:

Please join us at Mother Road for lunch as a new addition to the community. We want to meet you and hear your thoughts as to how we can best provide excellent food and service to our new downtown LA neighbors. Located just across from 801 South Grand at the Hotel Stillwell (836 S. Grand), our concept is "Modern Americana", which is classic American faire such as 8oz and 12oz hamburgers, steaks, and grilled sandwiches. We call it modern bercause we have updated Americana to include dishes that have become American classics regardless of their origin such as tacos rancheras, fish tacos, a hummus trio. We've even added a dash of soul with our crispy pork spareribs, macaroni and cheese, and special wings.

And from Crown Cafe owner Robert Kashefi, whose eatery is at 531 S. Los Angeles:

I am a new cafe/coffee shop owner in Downtown. I am having a grand opening this Thursday March 19 at Crown Cafe a new cafe on Los Angeles St. between 5th and 6th St. I am located in the old Historic Toy Building. Crown Cafe is a place were people can enjoy specialty coffee, delicious pastries, and great panini sandwiches. It is decorated with painting pieces of local artists and picures of different location of Downtown, we also play buddah bar music to make sure the vibe of the cafe is set accordingly. We have two areas, for fast & go, and also areas where you can sit on a comfortable couch and have a drink and work. We offer complimentary WIFI, and have space for events, shows and private parties.

And finally, Infusion Cafe at 808 S. Spring has been open for a few weeks but has its official grand opening and ribbon cutting this evening. Councilwoman Jan Perry is slated to be on hand for a 6pm ribbon cutting.

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