NYC’s famous Urbanspace Food Hall is dropping big in Downtown next year

A large, new, nationally acclaimed food hall is coming to Downtown LA’s California Market Center in the Fashion District. Urbanspace, known for its wide range of rentals and locations throughout New York City, will occupy a large corner of the existing California Market Center following a broad redesign of the property on 9th and Main.

For those unfamiliar: Urbanspace is a major New York City product, with food and retail locations throughout the city (including a newer outpost planned for the city’s financial district). Tenants and operators vary by address, but the general focus is on a mix of well-known local and national brands, with an eye for what each area may be missing. The group has also in recent years pushed into Washington DC and Chicago using the same model.

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Brookfield Properties

The indoor-outdoor redesign of the California Market Center will allow for 15,000 square feet of food and retail stalls under the Urbanspace umbrella, along with space for public outdoor events. So far, 19 tenants are expected on the property, which will eventually grow to include roof terraces, an independent restaurant with full service elsewhere and creative offices and showrooms.

Perhaps most interestingly, this new location in Urbanspace LA is among the first food halls to be announced at this stage of the pandemic, with vaccinations for children beginning, and much of the retail and food sector has come back a bit financially (though not is to say nothing of labor shortages, rising prices of wholesale goods, supply chain requirements and much, much more). There was a time in Los Angeles where dining halls were seen as a kind of future for small businesses and eateries eager for culinary diversity, where everyone was happy to penetrate open spaces shoulder-to-shoulder to eat, buy and walk around. It is unclear how many excellent food hall projects promised pre-pandemic will end up being realized at this point, especially as ghost kitchens and delivery concepts continue to grow market share.

The news is also good for Downtown in general, which has struggled to regain its pedestrian traffic and many of its businesses at this stage of the pandemic. Brookfield Properties, owner of the California Market Center, is betting that offices (and Downtown as a whole) will return in style, especially in this area where new hotels and dining options have recently emerged, including Suzanne Goin and Caroline Stynes Caldo Verde at the right hotel on Broadway. Look for the new Urbanspace, which opens in the California Market Center sometime in late 2022.

110 E. 9th St., Los Angeles, CA 90079

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