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A Smörgåsbord of Food Updates: 18 Bites of Restaurant and Bar News

By Eric Richardson
Published: Wednesday, May 25, 2011, at 08:24AM
Coly's Stromboli Eric Richardson / blogdowntown

Coly's Stromboli opens Wednesday at 5th and Hill

Downtown's residential development may have slowed, but food and nightlife continues to explode. We've fallen behind on coverage, but here are 18 bites of catch-up news.


Maison Grande

Vincent Terzian of Crocker Club is behind this Southern French bistro that will seat 300 on the southwest corner of 7th and Grand. Construction and permitting are underway now, and Terzian is asking for a full line of liquor on-site and the ability to sell beer and wine for takeout. Limited entertainment could include jazz and string instruments.

Urbano Pizza Bar

There were denials back in October when we broke the news that Michael Leko and Peter Gedde were taking over the Wolfgang Puck Bistro at 6th and Hope to open a pizza place next to Library Bar. Construction is nearly wrapped and a soft-opening should come shortly.

Clifton's Cafeteria

Andrew Meieran of The Edison announced back in September that Clifton's Cafeteria would be going 24-hours and adding bar space under his ownership. His application for a conditional use permit was approved last month, allowing the alcohol service and seating for 987 patrons. A full line of liquor is allowed on-site, and the restaurant is now permitted to carry imported and craft beers for off-site sale (but no domestics with a production over 60,000 barrels). Renovations are ongoing.

LA Reflection

The restaurant under construction at the northwest corner of 2nd and Main goes in for a hearing on their conditional use permit on June 2nd. LA Reflection is a part of the Police Administration Building project, and should offer a wide-ranging menu that includes offerings from Los Angeles' sister cities.


The tight orange shorts that are coming to South Park should arrive in June, according to hiring notices on Craigslist. The restaurant is opening across from Staples Center at 1248 S. Figueroa.


Coly's Stromboli

Coly Den Haan of The Must puts her name to a new eatery opening Wednesday in the space at 5th and Hill that was briefly Pie Boy Pizzeria. "Imagine a calzone, a slice of pizza and a burrito had a threesome and somehow made a baby named Strombol," says a press release sent out on Monday. Den Haan and Rachel Thomas are also hard at work on opening Perch and The Must in the same building.

Night Toast

Night Toast Cafe, which advertises itself as the "Home of the Jerusalem Bagel," opened up this Spring at 653 S. Spring. Gad Petel's eatery replaced Raspado Xpress.


Schnitzly Glatt Kosher opened its second location this Spring at 119 E. 7th, just east of Main Street. The eatery is open 10am to 6pm, Monday through Friday.

Garage Pizza

Silver Lake's Garage Pizza is opening a second location in SB Main at 7th and Main. Eater reports a Memorial Day opening, though it remains to be seen whether permits will be in place to make that happen.

Green Hut Cafe

Green Hut Cafe opened for business on April 26 in the ground floor of 818 W. 7th, between Figueroa and Flower. Sandwiches run $6 - $8.

Eco Asian

Eco Asian brought healthy Asian food (by way of South Africa) to 7th between Grand and Olive this Spring, taking over a small space two doors down from Seven Grand.


Construction is well-along on Freshii's upcoming location at 600 W. 7th, between Grand and Hope. The health-focused chain operates more than 60 locations in North America.


Spring for Coffee

Pint-sized Spring for Coffee opened for business in March 2009. A second location is now up and running at 8th and Los Angeles, according to a note at Eater LA.


Silo Bar

Opening is near for the vodka-focused Silo Bar, which will be coming to that Haas Building at 221 W. 7th on June 1. We first mentioned the construction back in November.

Pattern Bar

Construction is pushing forward at Pattern Bar, located at 100 W. 9th. With a 1,500-square-foot ground floor and 2,500 square feet in the basement that will open as phase two, the venue will focus on community and tapas on the edge of the Fashion District.

La Cantina

Senor Fish is renaming its bar at 1st and Alameda as tequila and botanas bar La Cantina. The focus is on tequila and mezcal, mexican beers, and includes a new food menu.

Salvage Bar

The backers of Salvage Bar and Lounge are prepping a venue that they say will be heavy on recycled materials. While they've been pitching a June opening, don't be surprised if construction and permitting on the 2,000-square-foot ground floor space at the Roosevelt Lofts takes just a bit longer.



Located at 1248 S. Figueroa, across the street from Staples Center, Icon LA Ultra Lounge has started hosting events and will have its official grand opening on June 1. Entrance is via a ground-floor stairway off of Figueroa, and the venue occupies the building's second floor and rooftop.


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