Medieval Outfits Meet Tight Orange Shorts Next to Staples Center
This rendering of 1248 S. Figueroa has been used in trying to find a tenant for the building's remaining space
DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES — This summer, Downtowners will be presented with a tough choice in themed dining: hot wings served by orange hot pant-sporting waitresses, or heaping plates of meat and vegetables delivered to your table by a medieval knight.
After months of speculation, last month Hooters signed a lease for 1248 S. Figueroa, bringing the chain within a block of Staples Center. Sharing the ground floor space is the future home of Knights Restaurant, a unique dining experience where guests will “Eat Like a King.”
According to David Separzadeh of Paramount Investment Group, which represents the property, construction of both new themed eateries should begin next month, and could open as early as June.
Knights Restaurant is being opened by a pair of Romanian businessmen who are bringing the concept from Eastern Europe where they run the similarly themed Excalibur Restaurants.
Alina Wade, a representative for the Romanian outfit, described Knights as being along the lines of Medieval Times. Although it won’t feature jousting or sword fights, guests will have their meals served in pageantry by knights and fair maidens in period wear, and dishes are designed to be consumed only with a knife and bare hands. Wade added that hiring will likely begin in March or whenever the construction is completed.
Separzadeh added that Prestige Tickets, a ticket broker, will also set up shop on the ground floor of the property.
Separzadeh said that another business, which he declined to name, may be signing a lease on the property’s remaining 25,000 square feet, which are currently listed as two separate restaurant spaces, including a 10,000-square-foot rooftop.