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Royal Clayton's Plans to Reopen on Spring

By David Markland
Published: Tuesday, December 21, 2010, at 11:40AM
Royal Claytons pub Carmen [Flickr]

A look inside Royal Claytons original location from June, 2010.

The Arts District's loss looks like it will be the Historic Core's gain. Owner Elizabeth Peterson closed the doors at Royal Clayton's English Pub in the Arts District on Saturday, but today she told blogdowntown that she expects to reopen within six to eight months. "Spring Street is looking really good," she said.

The pub was a pioneer in the southern Arts District, opening in the Toy District Lofts five years ago. The restaurant announced the news on its Facebook page.

While the neighborhood has had success stories, Peterson said that it is still a tough place to survive. "You have to be a destination place like Church and State to make the financials work," she said.

Asked if she expected her current staff to return, Peterson replied, "Are you kidding me?" She cited a great relationship with her "amazing staff" and noted their years of loyal service, adding that they closed the bar with a tremendous holiday party.

While Peterson would not get into specific Spring Street locations that she was looking into, there are several spaces along the street that are either navigating or have recently completed the entitlement process. Peterson, in her role as a consultant, herself guided the permitting for a pair of restaurant spaces in the National City Lofts at 8th and Spring.

In the restaurant's downtime, Royal Clayton's will be making appearances at events, including Greek Week L.A. Peterson said that co-owner and husband Tony Gower has also been talking about putting the restaurant on wheels with a fish and chips food truck.

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