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Eat.Drink.Americano opens in Arts District with 'American history' - inspired food

By Hayley Fox — May 25, 2012

The new gastropub opens where Café Metropol used to be. "With Metropol, there was always a welcoming mom and pop feel," said Americano owner Michael Burke. "That's what I want to embrace with Eat.Drink.Americano."

Old Style bar sign marks 'Chicago-theme' of Downtown watering hole

By Sonali Kohli — May 21, 2012

A Downtown bar has a sign advertising Old Style beer, but they can't sell it -- it's only a marker of the bar's Chicago theme.

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Lakers fans are most rowdy, worst tippers, says DTLA bar staff

By Michael Katz — May 18, 2012 — 1 Comment

Downtown restaurants and bars get plenty of fans on game day -- whether the team is at home or on the road. Local bartenders and waitresses discuss the differences in L.A. Kings, Lakers and Clippers fans.

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Standing room only at new Two Boots Pizza stand in DTLA

By Hayley Fox — May 03, 2012

The New York-born pizza chain opened their second location in Los Angeles this week. Located next to the Broadway Bar and the Orpheum theater, the new Two Boots has no seating but plenty of slices.

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The Counter opens on 7th Street with 'adult' milkshakes and custom burgers

By Hayley Fox — May 02, 2012 — 1 Comment

The international burger chain opened a new location in downtown L.A. this week. Located in the Roosevelt building near the 7th Street/Metro Center, The Counter boasts more than 300,000 possible burger combinations.

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The hunt for vegan food in DTLA

By Sonali Kohli — April 17, 2012 — 11 Comments

Downtown may be a great place for carnivores, but for vegans it's slim-pickings. One chef says it's because the meat-free diet isn't a big trend in DTLA -- and where there's no demand, supplies are limited.

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LA Brewing Company holds 'soft open'

By Hayley Fox — March 19, 2012 — 1 Comment

Broadway's newest bar and restaurant opened this weekend and introduced a limited selection of food and beer. With eight large projector screens showing March Madness games, the restaurant seemed more like a sports bar.

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Go green or go home: Celebrating St. Patrick's day in DTLA

By Hayley Fox — March 09, 2012 — 1 Comment

St. Patrick's day in Downtown means plenty of green beer, green tea and green...plum wine? Here's a list of events for the Irishman (or woman) in all of us to prepare for the festivities on March 17th.

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New Orleans-themed restaurant brings eclectic jazz to Downtown

By Shelby Hartman — February 29, 2012

NOLA’s, a New Orleans-themed bar and restaurant, has carved out a niche for itself in the blossoming arts district of Downtown through its Creole menu, neighborhood vibe and eclectic Monday night jazz jam sessions.

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J Restaurant & Lounge to close doors after five years

By Hayley Fox — February 28, 2012

The South Park restaurant on Olive Street recently announced its closure via Facebook and Twitter. J Restaurant and Lounge has been open five years and is best known for its dance floor, expansive patio and bottomless-mimosa brunch.

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Umami Burger gets crafty with addition of The Back Bar in Downtown

By Hayley Fox — February 27, 2012

Limited service begins this weekend at Umamicatessen, a foodie cafeteria created by the forces behind Umami Burger. The newest addition to this multi-vendor restaurant is a craft beer and cocktail watering hole called The Back Bar.