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Big Wangs Sports Bar Coming to 8th and Grand

By Eric Richardson
Published: Tuesday, November 24, 2009, at 05:13PM
Former Tranquility Base Eric Richardson [Flickr]

The former Tranquility Base at 8th and Grand will soon become the third location for sports bar Big Wangs.

Downtown sports fans will have a new place to watch the Lakers try to defend their NBA title in a few months, as Hollywood's Big Wangs has signed a deal to open its third location at 8th and Grand, in the space formerly occupied by Tranquility Base.

The sports bar's first location at Sunset and Cahuenga opened in early 2007, and a North Hollywood location opened more recently. Partner P.J. Brill said today he believes the bar's food sets it apart. "We take a lot of pride in our food quality," he said. The bar offers an extensive menu, and prepares all its food on-site.

Brill said that he's excited about the new space and the Downtown market. "We've always been interested in Downtown," he said.

Tranquility Base opened in April of 2008 on the ground floor of Sky Lofts, but closed for good in the first few days of 2009.

In a complex deal, Big Wangs negotiated a new lease with the building while also purchasing the Tranquility Base business. That should allow for a quick build-out. While nothing is ever simple when it comes to restaurant openings, the new spot could be open by the end of January.

Tyler Murphy of The Robin Group represented Big Wangs in the deal, and Matthew Fainchtein of RKF represented the building.

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