Business flourishes during subway construction Los Angeles Magazine


Driving cars to and around downtown Los Angeles isn’t always easy, especially if you’re in a rush. Starting next year, local commutes will be much more manageable as LA Metro builds three new train stations to improve convenience.

In the meantime, visitors have plenty of opportunities to explore the region’s vital businesses.

The historic Central Library is the unofficial link to the Financial District, a destination of learning, community and culture. Just outside, Maguire Gardens is an oasis that debuted in 1988 and feels timeless, with bucolic walking paths and places to sit amidst nature and art. A three-part sculpture depicts animals on rocks in fountains, including a hawk taking flight and a vivid lizard. A bell dedicated to world peace resides under a glittering arch. Another fountain delivers a memorable message: “Power grants nothing without a demand • It never did • It never will”.

Across Flower Street, Nice Coffee is a beer garden in Elliott Lau’s City National Plaza with parasol-shaded seating beside a fountain with ‘Double Ascension’, the twisted red staircase sculpture by Herbert Bayer. Nice Coffee serves exceptional espresso drinks and uses a Brew Bomb machine to make some of DTLA’s best cold brews.

To the north, the atrium shops of the FourFortyFour South Flower building are home to large geometric silver sculptures, a colorful 3D mural that resembles a miniature car race track, and comfortable seating in the living room. The atrium is also home to interesting businesses like Trims & Trends, a versatile hair salon by stylist Vivian Crooks with dark wood stations, black upholstered chairs, and a door message that says “Hey Beautiful, come in.”

The Om Nom family cafe offers fresh (not frozen) smoothies, acai bowls, breakfast wraps, paninis, burgers and salads.

Om Nom Café is a cafe and superfood market that serves up antioxidant-rich salads, sandwiches, smoothies, and acai bowls, all of which are called “home-made fuel for mind, body, and soul.” “. Their chopped salad, mixed with a green goddess dressing, is particularly satisfying. Om Nom’s eye-catching logo features a rabbit with a carrot.

Summer school is apparently still running at the Public School 213 restaurant and bar. Each gastropub in this chain boasts a different area code. Their DTLA location combines comfort food with adult drinks and plenty of opportunities to play. Board games like Clue, Shuffleboard, and Darts are just three options. They take the school theme seriously. The menus look like type notebooks and the front panel is a 12 foot ruler. PS213 is also a great place to watch sports during recess (aka happy hour).

The Standard was dark during the pandemic, but this mod building was DTLA’s first boutique hotel and has become known for everything from its rooftop pool and beer garden to ping-pong and dinner. They are undergoing renovations and will reappear soon with some exciting new options.

Limericks Tavern DTLA is an Irish gourmet pub serving burgers, drinks, live music, UFC and sports.

If you’re in the mood for classic Irish cuisine, look no further. Limerick’s Tavern is a modern gourmet pub offering classic Irish and American comfort food and 60 kinds of draft beer. With Happy Hours, special weekly entertainment and plenty of HD screens to watch all your favorite sporting events, this cozy tavern has something for everyone.

LA Prime, located on the 35e floor of the Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites, combines panoramic views with prized steaks and pristine seafood. Chefs treat Delmonico Rib eye and bone-in Maine lobsters with reverence, both paired with modern sides like Santa Barbara’s “super jumbo” asparagus with Parmesan shavings and Hollandaise.

Located in the lobby of the Westin Bonaventure, Lakeview Bistro serves breakfast and lunch next to a peaceful bamboo garden and inland lake.

Lakeview Bistro, located in the Westin Bonaventure Hotel (where movies such as Mission Impossible III, Heat, In the Line of Fire and Lethal Weapon 2 were filmed), offers breakfast and lunch as well as an impressive roster of fine wines. Savor your meal by the indoor bamboo garden and lake for a truly distinctive experience.

For multiple options in one location, City National restaurants offer a diverse repertoire of dining options. Drago Centro, offers an upscale setting with an extraordinary menu of Italian dishes, handmade pasta and impeccable wine selections. The City Club offers upscale dining with a world-renowned chef at the bar with local artisan options on the menu. For an informal yet delicious alternative, check out Lemonade, with a wide selection of hot protein salads, sandwiches, bowls and platters, the options are endless. Slices USA is your place for colorful and tasty pizza squares cooked in a black steel pan imported from Italy.

Big Sugar Bake Shop offers an irresistible range of beautiful artisanal desserts and charming gifts in a warm and inviting neighborhood environment.

On Wilshire Boulevard, just east of Flower Street, Big Sugar Bake Shop, is a delicious bakery that has all your sweet cravings. Morning selections include scones, croissants, muffins, coffee cakes and more. There are cookies, brownies, cakes and cupcakes for an after-meal treat, a party, or these days who needs a reason to treat themselves? There are also vegan and gluten free options which are truly divine. Plus, they also have one-stop gifts and cards for birthday or celebration needs!

LA Metro encourages you to support local businesses during the Regional Connector transit project and beyond. In 2022, it will be even more convenient to take the metro.

This ad was purchased for the LA Metro Regional Connector Project.

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