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Push pops, homemade ketchup and a meaty menu promised at Towne Food and Drink

By Hayley Fox
Published: Monday, June 18, 2012, at 03:55PM

Towne will include an extensive dessert menu and retail bakery.

Towne Food and Drink is set to open this summer in a 7,000-square-foot space on 9th and Flower streets in DTLA. Located on the ground floor of the Watermarke Tower, the restaurant will serve New American food with an emphasis on the meaty and the homemade.

“We’re making everything we can in-house, from yogurt to ketchup, to our jams and jellies, to our signature Lobster Smokies wrapped in housemade puff pastry," said Chef Eric Hara in a statement.

Towne is owned by Armen Shirvanian of Pasadena's Italian restaurant Mi Piace. His new Downtown restaurant will only be open for lunch and dinner, with breakfast to follow soon after.

Restaurant snacks include Bone Marrow Matzoh Ball Soup and Pastrami Pork Belly Sliders. Entrees range from Crispy Pork Shank with Sweet and Sour Cabbage to Beef Cheek Pot Roast with mini Popovers, and an assortment of dried, aged meats.

Much of Towne's menu revolves around their wood-burning oven and grill, and will also include flatbreads, pastas, sandwiches and salads. A dessert menu and retail bakery created by ex-Bottega Louie chef Tamara Davis will include throwback treats like sorbet push pops and ice cream sandwiches, as well as homemade Twinkies, macaroons and cupcakes.

According to Eater LA, Towne is set to open by early July at the very latest.

Towne's website is still under development so as of now, they're announcing updates such as staff hiring and menu additions via their Facebook page.

The restaurant will be the newest addition to the 35-story Watermarke residential tower which began leasing apartments about two years ago. The building's biggest selling points include its expansive views, glass-walled balconies, and lap pool.

Towne will be located at 705 W. 9th Street


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