Thursday, April 11, 2019
The Downtown Breakfast Club Roses & Lemon DTLA 2019 Awards Winners
The Downtown Breakfast Club’s mission is to encourage the orderly growth of Downtown Los Angeles. The 39th annual Roses and Lemon Awards Breakfast at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, was co-chaired by Laurie Michelle Stone and Jean-Guy Poitras, with Downtown Breakfast Club President, Mike Savage.
The Downtown Breakfast Club is an organization of professionals whose main purpose is to recognize, foster and encourage the orderly and planned growth of Downtown Los Angeles. The group consists of individual representatives from non-competing fields of all major development— real estate, banking, international investment, architects & engineers, urban planners, investment brokers, insurance development organizations and governmental agencies. Meeting on a bi-monthly basis, the group maintains a profile of current business activity through featured guest speakers as recruited by its members. This type of professional interface encourages and supports sound principles of developing a better quality of life for Downtown Los Angeles.
The Rose Garden Winners
DBC bestowed special Rose Garden awards to Places, Events or Designs that enhance the quality of life in Downtown.
The three Rose Garden winners are
The streetscaping project reallocating roadway space for multi-modal transportation, including pedestrians.
The Figueroa Corridor Streetscape project (MyFigueroa) will transform the Figueroa Corridor into a complete, multimodal street that better serves the needs of pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders, and drivers alike.
The MyFigueroa project area is between 7th St and Martin Luther King Blvd, from Downtown to Expo Park and will bring improved transit and pedestrian access, protected bike lanes, a more organized and efficient Figueroa St, and most importantly a safer Figueroa for all users.
Banc of California Stadium, the new Los Angeles sports/entertainment venue, for the positive community impact.
Banc of California Stadium is a soccer-specific stadium in the Exposition Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. It is the home of Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles FC. Opened on April 18, 2018, it was the first open-air stadium built in the City of Los Angeles since 1962.
Best New Restaurant and Bar Rose Winner
Owner Ali Shekarchi’s venue in a roomy South Park warehouse, serving Mediterranean specialties, including a signature ice cream made of rose water, pistachios and saffron. Its “totally cool vibe” includes live music and entertainment with a “warm family ambiance.”
920 S. Olive Street, Los Angeles
Shaken Not Stirred Rose Winners
The Victorian-themed gastropub in the Spring Arcade building. Owners Elizabeth Peterson Gower and Tony Gower devoted four years to completing the dramatic space that includes an original mural, 24-karat gold leaf paint and hand-blown glass fixtures.
541 S Spring St Los Angeles, CA 90013
Makes wines on its Cornfield-area premises with grapes sourced exclusively from Los Angeles County vineyards that farm sustainably. Owners are Amy Luftig Viste and Jasper Dickson.
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Home Sweet Home Rose Awards
The Highrise Rose Winner
Developed by Holland Partner Group and designed by MVE architects. With 24 stories and 275 residences, The Griffin is a “reinterpretation of L.A.’s Historic Core, including its view-focused and landscaped Observatory Rooftop Lounge.
Heads in Beds Rose Winners
The DBC recognized three high-profile hotels equally. Each of the Rose co-winners are landmark transformations.
The 1926 Westlake property that developer ICO Group is returning to glamour, complete with three-story ballroom and new Eve American Bistro by Executive Chef Scott Commings (winner of Hell’s Kitchen Season 12).
By Green Oak Real Estate and Urban Lifestyle Hotels, includes restoration of its original Spanish Colonial Revival style, and an expansive art program honoring the hotel’s rich history rooted in the Los Angeles women’s movement.
Sydell Group’s re-imaged the opulent 1926 Giannini Place, including adaptive reuse by KFA, with French designer Jacques Garcia.
I’m Gorgeous Inside
Office Design Rose Award Winner
Southern California’s prime office hub, DTLA, offers many creative interiors. The DBC award went to
City National Bank
For its 300,000 square feet in 2 Cal Plaza on Bunker Hill. City National Bank partnered with Gensler on the buildout which frames community commitment with dramatic views and natural light.
Retail Therapy Rose Award Winner
The DBC recognized the dizzying mix of DTLA’s new stores and services.
at The Bloc.
The experiential destination emphasizes service with personal stylists who curate fashion choices, along with tailoring, manicuring, gift wrapping and clothing donation drop-offs.
The Bloc 700 West 7th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90017
Med Men on Broadway
West Elm home-furnishing on Broadway.
The 2019 Lemon
Pedestrian Experience Downers
The Downtown Breakfast Club bestowed a critical “Lemon” to
“Pedestrian Experience Downers”
that are obstructing the enjoyment of Downtown Los Angeles.
“The sidewalks of Downtown L.A. are some of the most vibrant in the world, but our enjoyment of them is hindered by a host of Pedestrian Experience Downers, large and small,” said The Downtown Breakfast Club member Hal Bastian, while announcing the Lemon with fellow member Jim White. “While the community has created improvements such as the My Figueroa project, there is a growing list of problems that make walking in DTLA a pain in the you-know-what.”
Pedestrian Experience Downers include:
- Broken Street Lights
- Distracted Smartphone Pedestrians
- Unsafe skateboard and bicycle riders on sidewalks
- Sidewalk Dumping
- Scooters cluttering the sidewalk