Downtown Breakfast Club Announces Roses & Lemon DTLA 2019 Award Winners

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

My Figueroa

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.

The project area includes four miles of streets that stretch from Downtown LA to South Los Angeles: Figueroa Street from 7th Street in downtown Los Angeles to 41st Street, just south of Exposition Park; 11th Street from Figueroa Street east to Broadway in the South Park neighborhood of downtown Los Angeles; and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard from Figueroa Street west to Vermont Avenue, on the south edge of Exposition Park.

Banc of California Staduim

3939 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90037

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.

Los Angeles Philharmonic

Celebrating its 100th anniversary by teaming with CicLAvia for a free street festival.

Carol Schatz

Rose Garden Special Recognition

One of DTLA’s most important figures, who for nearly three decades led the Downtown renaissance as head of Central City Association and Downtown Center Business Improvement District.

Best New Restaurant and Bar Rose Winner

Shekarchi Bar and Grill

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

Clayton’s Public House

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

Angeleno Wine Company

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

The Griffin on Spring

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.

The Low-Rise Residential Rose Winner


by Jade Enterprises and design by Tate Snyder Kimsey Architects. The 159-unit apartments in the Historic Core offers amenities such as bike storage, game room, dog park, EV charging and balcony views.


AXIS on 11th

Heads in Beds Rose Winners

The DBC recognized three high-profile hotels equally. Each of the Rose co-winners are landmark transformations.

Mayfair Hotel

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).

Hotel Figueroa

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.

NoMad Los Angeles

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.


Convene meeting and event spaces by Brookfield Property Partners

Jerde Partnership for their new headquarters in the CalEdison building.

Retail Therapy Rose Award Winner

The DBC recognized the dizzying mix of DTLA’s new stores and services.

Nordstrom Local

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


Uniqlo at The Bloc

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
  • Smoking
  • Distracted Smartphone Pedestrians
  • Unsafe skateboard and bicycle riders on sidewalks
  • Sidewalk Dumping
  • Scooters cluttering the sidewalk