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Spring Street Nightlife Staffs Up

By Eric Richardson
Published: Tuesday, March 02, 2010, at 03:00PM
Versus Eric Richardson [Flickr]

Versus opened in October of 2008 at 618 S. Spring, but quickly closed due to improper permits. New owners have been at work on the space for over a year.

A pair of Craigslist postings indicate that residents on the 600-block of Spring street should start getting ready for more nightlife.

Exchange L.A., a new club set to open in the historic Stock Exchange building that most recently held the short-lived Versus, is holding open interviews for a number of positions, while Barry Shy's 650 S. Spring is looking for an Event Hall director.

The club's posting says that the company is seeking "high volume Bartenders (females especially needed) barbacks and Bottle service attendants" for a "world class multi million dollar latenight entertainment venue with three floors of interior space that will usher in the refinment of Downtown L.A. high end nightlife."

Previous occupant Versus used similar world-changing language, calling the space "LA's Biggest Nightclub. Ever." It closed after only a few weeks. The new ownership has already had a tough road, being forced to remodel the space to work with a knocked-down maximum capacity.

The Exchange L.A. name was news yesterday to Russell Brown, who already runs a space called The Exchange a few blocks away at 112 W. 5th.

The 650 S. Spring posting seeks an Event Hall director for the venue currently being prepared in the lobby, basement and mezzanine of the historic Bank of America building. "Only applicants with intensive experience as event hall director will be considered," it says.

The two aren't the only nightlife set for the block. A pair of bars are nearing completion on the ground floor of 626 S. Spring. The block is also likely Downtown's most densely residential, with seven of nine structures either open or about to open as housing.

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