The Downtown Breakfast Club
The Downtown Breakfast Club Roses & Lemon Awards Ceremony, Celebrates with Roses by Downtown’s best new entertainment and development, while calling-out as a Lemon for improvement.
The DBC mission is to encourage the orderly growth of Downtown Los Angeles. This year’s event – co-chaired by Shelby Jordan and Jean-Guy Poitras, and overseen by President Mike Savage – paid special attention to DTLA’s new crop of renowned and innovative restaurants and bars.
WE LOVE SMART REAL-ESTATE DEVELOPMENT, CONSTRUCTION, BUSY STREETS, SPECIAL EVENTS, FILMING, MARCHES, AND ALL THE THINGS THAT ENERGIZE DOWNTOWN… BUT NOT WHEN THEY CLASH ALL AT ONCE!
SAID DBC MEMBER HAL BASTIAN WHO ANNOUNCED THE LEMON WITH FELLOW MEMBER JIM WHITE.
WE NEED LESS CHAOS MORE COORDINATION AMONG OUR CITY DEPARTMENTS SO THAT OUR TRAFFIC DOESN’T GRIDLOCK.
Eat, Drink, Repeat!
Rossoblu restaurant, masterminded by Chef Steve Samson in the new City Market South development, received the Rose for Best Upscale Restaurant. Also nominated were La Boucherie, LASA and The Exchange Restaurant. Best Casual Restaurant was The Mighty, by acclaimed husband and wife chef duo Quinn and Karen Hatfield. Also nominated were Sari Sari Store and So Long Hi. And winning for Best Bar was Prank Bar, considered L.A.’s first-ever walk-up bar. Runner-ups were Bar Clacson and Birds & Bees.
Home Sweet Home
With downtown living crucial to the area’s evolution, the Breakfast Club recognizes the best new residential developments. This year the DBC recognized three categories of residential development: Affordable, low-rise and high-rise. Luxury condominiums Ten50, by developer Trumark Urban, was the high-rise winner, with Atelier in second place. WREN, the new apartments developed by Mack Urban, was the winner with its 362 South Park residences. Also in this category were G12 and Stoa. And for affordable development, the DBC recognized The Six, the architecturally acclaimed project by Skid Row Housing Trust.
Heads in Beds
The DBC added a category this year for new hotels. Taking the Rose was Freehand Hotel, developer Sydell Group’s unique California take on a European-style hostel. Also recognized were Hotel Intercontinental, Hotel Indigo and Tuck Hotel.
Live, Work, Play
The Rose awards divided DTLA’s office market into new developments (commercial, retail, mixed-use and creative space) and new tenant spaces. Winning the award for best development was City Market South (also home of Rose-winner Rossoblu), the growing adaptive reuse of the oldest wholesale produce market in Los Angeles. Also nominated were Wilshire Grand Center, Harris Building and 537 S. Broadway. In the tenants category, the winner was Cushman & Wakefield’s new offices in the Wilshire Grand, followed by Knoll, Oaktree Capital Management and Paul Hastings.
City Market South
the Wilshire Grand
The Rose Garden of Innovation
The DBC bestowed Roses on three extraordinary new places: Los Angeles State Historic Park (the transformation of the former, underused Cornfield yards), Metro Station at The BLOC (Los Angeles’s first subway portal connected to a large, mixed-use development) and USC Village (the $700 million student housing and retail complex).
Los Angeles State Historic Park
Metro Station at the BLOC