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Lease Signed for Umami to Open on Broadway

By Eric Richardson
Published: Friday, January 07, 2011, at 04:23PM
852 S. Broadway Eric Richardson [Flickr]

A lease has been signed for Umami to open a restaurant in these retail spaces near 9th and Broadway.

Revitalization efforts on the southern end of Broadway got a big boost today as word leaked that Adam Fleischman's Umami is planning to open Umamicatessen near the corner of 9th and Broadway.

Eater LA was first to report on the new restaurant, which will feature four kitchens — one offering Umami burgers, another mini tapas sandwiches, the third house-cured deli meats and the fourth dessert.

The lease for the roughly 7,000-square-foot space at 852 S. Broadway was signed on December 31 after several months of talks. The restaurant will combine two storefronts, one the former location of SipTea and the other most-recently a never-opened eatery. ANJAC Fashion Buildings owns the property, which is next door to the Orpheum Theatre. Putting together the plans for the space is SODA Inc., the Downtown-based designers of the recently-opened 1886 Bar in Pasadena and the soon-to-come bar beneath the El Dorado.

Councilman Jose Huizar's office is planning a January 25 press conference to celebrate the lease and other activity on Broadway.

"When we began working with Steve Needleman, ANJAC, and the Umami folks on this idea back in the summer, we knew bringing it to fruition would be no small feat, so we're thrilled we will be welcoming Umami downtown as part of Bringing Back Broadway," said Huizar today.

"This deal represents a great collaboration between a visionary property owner, a pioneering business owner and city departments, to fill long-vacant space, bring jobs Downtown and revitalize Broadway. We look forward to discussing the details of this -- and another great business coming to Broadway -- in just a couple of weeks."

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