Earlier this week, the Downtown-based firm filed plans with the City of Los Angeles to demolish its longtime Chinatown headquarters and replace it with a mixed-use complex. The proposed development at 1201 N. Broadway would consist of a podium-style building containing 124 residential units, 8,700 square feet of ground-floor retail space and underground parking.
On November 5, Stones Throw Records will hold a festival in its hometown Los Angeles celebrating its 20-year anniversary. It will take place at Highland Park, and it’s free. The festival is a part of the Red Bull Sound Select Presents: 30 Days in L.A. series. The performers include label founder Peanut Butter Wolf, Common, Dâm-Funk, Karriem Riggins, Homeboy Sandman, Mndsgn, Mild High Club, Gabriel Garzon-Montano, J. Rocc, and more.
Big news for fans of Eddie Huang, the media-friendly New York City chef behind Baohaus: soon enough, he’ll be landing in Los Angeles. News finally solidified today that Huang will indeed be coming to the booming Far East Plaza, taking over the now-shuttered Pok Pok Phat Thai space right next to Howlin’ Ray's. Huang himself confirms the move, telling Eater:
Mr. Holmes Bakehouse, the San Francisco bakery known for its croissant-muffin hybrid called the cruffin, has opened a location in Highland Park. Expect plenty of laminated dough, cookies and cakes. And in case you’re wondering, the Los Angeles location does feature the bakery’s signature “I got baked” sign
TThe renaissance of L.A.’s Chinatown, which began a few years ago when chefs Roy Choi and Andy Ricker opened restaurants in the neighborhood and is continuing as the Far East Plaza becomes a culinary destination, is adding drinks to all that great food. Three bars are coming to the northeast part of Chinatown: a speak-easy, a wine and beer bar, and a local brewery.
Step through the patio in the back of Cafe Birdie and you’ll find a small brick building, squat in stature but glowing with promise. The candlelit room flickers with possibility, as low booths run along the far wall and a marble bar runs through much of the rest of the room. This is lower, more intimate drinking venue than the front bar at Cafe Birdie, but comes with much the same tone and casual European bistro vibe.
Welcome in to the next phase of Highland Park, a rapidly-changing neighborhood filling up with more new food and beverage options every single day. There are great longstanding eateries too, alongside elegant retouches of old favorites like Highland Park Bowl, but Figueroa Boulevard has never had a place quite like Cafe Birdie.
In Inc. Magazine's rankings of the fastest growing private companies in America over the past three years, Loot Crate - a company based in Highland Park - was named on top of the list.
"Loot Crate, which sends geeks and gamers a monthly collection of action figures, comic books and other loot, has gone from $125,000 in revenue during in its first year to $116 million in revenue last year."
Chinatown and the surrounding Cultural Core near Union Station continues to be the focal point of much development activity. Many large-scale developments have been recently completed (ie: Jia Apartments and Blossom Plaza) and the Trammell Crow Company is the latest with the ground breaking of La Plaza Cultura Village, across the street from Union Station.
La Plaza Cultura Village, slated for two Los Angeles County-owned parking lots at the intersection of Broadway and Cesar E Chavez Avenue, will consist of five- and eight-story buildings featuring 355 residential units and 43,000 square feet of ground-floor retail and restaurant space.
The creative community in LA is increasingly moving closer to Downtown and the Eastside, and tenants from other cities are taking notice as well. Recently, custom shoe & bag designer/manufacturer, Solid State Studios (from Chicago) decided to relocate their studio to Chinatown, DTLA, a community that we are heavily invested in. Welcome Solid State!
Chinatown's pedestrian-friendliness & convenient public transit accessibility fosters a vibrant business community and the neighborhood continues to experience an array of unique shopkeepers to set up their new storefronts here. Most recently, Nous Tous, a partnership between Citizens of Culture creator Maceo Paisley and Koshka's Teresa Hu, opened up shop in Chinatown's Central Plaza. RedCar is heavily invested in Chinatown, and we are excited to welcome them as partners in the revitalization of the neighborhood!
The New York Times recently came out with a 36-hour visitor's guide to Los Angeles and prominently features two neighborhoods that RedCar is deeply invested in: Chinatown and Highland Park. The NY Times features neighboring businesses to our buildings such as the Highland Bowl, Sunbeam Vintage, ETA Bar, LA Plaza, and Velveteria. Go take a look and forward it on to any visitors you know!
North Figueroa Street has again another new location for residents and visitors alike to have a few drinks and enjoy one another's company. ETA Bar (same owner as Greyhound Bar & Grill) recently opened a small dive bar to cater to the neighborhood and offer a gathering place for residents to hang out.
North Figueroa Street, where the Highland Hotel is located, is continuing to experience an array of new retail & dinning tenants. The latest news to come out is that of Tinfoil Liquor & grocery Mart, a new bodega with curated drinks, delis, and neighborhood goods. They will take over the "Coldest Beer in Town" building.