LOS ANGELES STATE HISTORIC PARK NOW OPEN NEAR CHINATOWN IN DTLA

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Finally, after years of waiting the Los Angeles State Historic Park officially opened on Earth Day (April 22) 2017.  The California State Park system acquired the land back in 2001 and it has taken all this time to transform the area into a 32-acre park.  The land is the former site of the Southern Pacific Transportation Company’s River Station dating back to 1876.  It was called the Ellis Island of Los Angeles because this is where people migrating from the east arrived in Los Angeles.  Corn stalks sprouted up on the land over Continue reading

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LAZRFIT BRINGS EXCITING AND FUN NEW CARDIO LASER TAG WORKOUT TO DTLA

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What do you get when you cross laser tag and a cardio class?  You get something called LazrFit. It’s a first of its kind workout… and it’s right here in DTLA.  If you’re like me, you read the word “workout” and you want to stop reading.  Well, don’t.  I’m not a fan of fitness and exercise, but I’m a fan of LazrFit.  It’s a great way to trick yourself into getting in a good sweaty cardio workout.  LazrFit combines the fun and spontaneity of laser tag with the dynamic movement of a full-body workout. You are having so much fun, you’ll forget you’re actually exercising. Continue reading

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GUERO’S COCINA MEXICANA SERVES UP FRIENDLY SERVICE AND TRADITIONAL MEXICAN FOOD IN DTLA

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There are dozens of Mexican restaurants in DTLA.  Some get way more attention than others, and for some reason Guero’s Cocina Mexicana is not one of them.  We are not sure why because Guero’s is great.  We ate there for the first time a few days ago and we can’t wait to go back again. Continue reading

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CITY TAVERN SHUTS DOWN AT FIG AT 7TH… TO BE REPLACED BY GULP SUSHI AND ALE HOUSE

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…and another DTLA restaurant has shut down.  First it was The Briks, then EJ’S Bites, and now City Tavern inside the Fig at 7th shopping complex has closed.  City Tavern posted the closure announcement on its website and on its social media sites on Friday.  It reads, “Our disappointment in saying goodbye is matched, though, by our appreciation for Continue reading

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EVERYTABLE NOW SELLING HEALTHY AND AFFORDABLE GRAB-AND-GO MEALS AT THE BLOC IN DTLA

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There’s a new grab-and-go restaurant in DTLA called Everytable.  It’s located on the lower level of The Bloc, tucked away by the entrance to the subway.  The food is really good, but the mission behind the restaurant is even better (more on that in a minute). Continue reading

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UNCLE JOHN’S CAFE IS NOW SERVING CAJUN SEAFOOD DINNER

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You no longer have to head to Boiling Crab in Koreatown for your Cajun seafood cravings.  Uncle John’s Cafe on Grand Avenue has just started up a Cajun seafood dinner menu.  The place still serves up breakfast and lunch, but at 5:30pm they re-open with this new dinner service.  The main feature of the menu is the seasoned shrimp, crawfish, king crab legs, clams, mussels and oysters.  You pick your seasoning (house sauce, garlic butter or lemon pepper) and your spice level.

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DTLA IS GETTING ANOTHER RAMEN RESTAURANT… JINYA RAMEN BAR SET TO OPEN ON WILSHIRE BOULEVARD

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A few years ago when you were craving ramen in DTLA, you had to head to Little Tokyo. Well, that has changed.  More and more ramen bars are popping up across DTLA.  Joining 3rd Generation, Ramen Hood and DTLA Ramen will be Jinya Ramen Bar on Wilshire Boulevard between Hope and Flower Streets.   Continue reading

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ANOTHER DTLA RESTAURANT SHUTS DOWN… EJ’S BITES CLOSES WITHOUT ANY EXPLANATION

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Another DTLA restaurant has closed up shop.  EJ’s Bites on Figueroa just north of Olympic has shut down.  There are no signs on the door and no information on the restaurant’s website or social media sites, but the space has been cleared out.  We did call the restaurant’s phone number and it is out of service. Continue reading

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THE 14TH FACTORY TURNS OLD INDUSTRIAL WAREHOUSE INTO A MUST-SEE FUNKY ART EXHIBITION

By now you have probably seen lots of photos on Instagram of people in a room full of pitchforks, a pool filled with airplane fins, and people on swings in an indoor park.  Well, all those photos (and so many more) were taken at The 14th Factory, a pop-up art exhibition that’s taken over an abandoned industrial warehouse in Lincoln Heights just north of DTLA.  The place is filled with all kinds of art… video, installation, sculpture, sound, paintings, and live performance.  Continue reading

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THE BRIKS RESTAURANT SHUTS DOWN IN DTLA’S SOUTH PARK

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DTLAexplorer.com first told you about The Briks restaurant soon after it opened two years ago at the corner of Hope and 11th.  And earlier this month we raved about the restaurant’s “Funky Brunch.”  Well, we are quite disappointed to tell you that the restaurant has shut down.  We were out for a walk tonight and found the windows all covered with paper.  As soon as we got home, we called the restaurant hoping that it was just part of a remodeling or Continue reading

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