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5 Places I Can’t Wait To Open in LA!

By Will Langenberg

By Will Langenberg

There’s always something new and exciting going on in LA. Los Angeles ‘ motto is definitely, “Out with the old, in with the new”.   In the past few years we’ve been lucky enough to have talented people moving into LA from all over the country and the world. I’m very excited for the next 5-10 years and hope that the landscape of LA will change for the better as different perspectives and businesses are opened in our city. Here are 5 Places I Can’t Wait To Open in LA!


1. Modern Times Brewing Dankness Dojo

830 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

As a beer lover, I’m always happy for new breweries and tasting rooms to open here. This location is bound to be busy from day one with Modern Times reputation for crafting interesting sessionable beer. Plans are in the works for an R&D brewing facility, food emporium, & full-spectrum Modern Times Coffee Experience. Even if gastropubs are not the “cool” thing in LA anymore, I love them and can’t wait to get a bite to eat with a tasty brew. I’m especially stoked about the cafe portion of this location as well.


2. The NoMad Hotel & Restaurant

649 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

Lots of hotels have opened up downtown in recent years, like The Ace or the recent Freehand Hotel. Both are excellent casual hotels with solid food and cocktails(and rooftop pools). I’m hoping the NoMad will bring a touch of class to DTLA. Their casual-elegant dining and innovative cocktail program will be a great excuse to wear something other than flipflops and designer jeans to dinner. For a NoMad fix, grab a quick bite from The NoMad Truck, making appearances around LA(locations announced on their Instagram account here).


3. Momofuku North Spring

1725 Naud St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Really excited about this latest addition nearby Chinatown. It’s such a cool area that has undergone so much change in recent years. At least 2 more bars/breweries are headed to the area within the next year as well. This might just be the next nightlife hotspot. According to David Chang, the cuisine at North Spring will be totally original to the Los Angeles location. It’s going to “draw inspiration from LA’s diverse culinary landscape and California’s bounty.” I’m very excited about this! It’s so obvious to anyone coming to LA from other places that we have so much insanely good produce and seasonality all year long. Really looking forward to seeing what new vibrancy David Chang can breathe into our food scene.


4. Tartine Manufactory

757 Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90021

If you’re a fan of Tartine, you already know what I’m about to tell you. Croissants are coming…ha! But really, LA has a serious bread and pastry shortage. If you are a baker or pastry chef reading this, stop what you’re doing and open a shop in LA. Tartine is doing that in a HUGE way. Their new space at ROW DTLA will be 40,000 sq. ft. with a production bakery, market, two restaurants, coffee roasting facility (by Coffee Manufactory), & a coffee lab. If you’re hankering for some coffee already, you might want to skip over to the fancypants new Fred Segal in WeHo. Why? Because they’re already serving Coffee Manufactory in the Fred Segal Cafe(more on that here).


5. The Hearth & Hound

6530 Sunset Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028

I have a NYC Trip fund in my budget, but it looks like this restaurant will open way before I’m able to travel there! Chef April Bloomfield and partner Ken Friedman are expecting an opening this fall. The restaurant will feature a wood-fired oven and like most SoCal restaurants, a produce-driven menu. Much like with NoMad & Momofuku, I’m excited about experiencing an East Coast take on California’s farmers-market bounty!


P.S. 189 by Dominique Ansel opens November 10th.

Drool-worthy pastries here–>



What openings are you looking forward to and why? Fire off in the comments below.






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  • Kelly Stone

    This makes me want to plan a visit to LA! They all sound amazing

  • The Midwest Wife

    All of these sound amazing! I love hearing about new openings in Chicago. I’ve been out to LA before but definitely want to make it back!

    Antonia | http://www.TheMidwestWife.com

    • I’m working on more posts like this to make it easier when you come visit next time! I love these types of lists too. Can’t wait to visit Chicago again!

  • Mattie

    These all sound incredible! Discovering new places is the best!

    • There are so many new places opening it can be hard to keep up. I’ve been writing down a little watch list and it’s been fun!

  • They all sound amazing! I will keep them in mind when I visit LA!

    • Working on some more lists like these. What areas are you planning on visiting in LA?