Omgivning remaking historic DTLA restaurant space

Along with the wave of hotels breathing new life into century-old DTLA buildings comes an even bigger wave of restaurant renovation projects in the surrounding blocks. One of the most intriguing is the former Dutch Chocolate Shop on W. Sixth Street, which local architecture/interior design firm Omgivning is at work reimagining as a restaurant and lounge.

(If you joined us last year for the NEWH Hospitality Fashion Challenge Runway Event during BDwest, you’ve seen Omgivning’s work. They’re the design team behind the Exchange LA venue, in the former Los Angeles Stock Exchange building.)

Plans call for preserving the handcrafted tiles that cover the former chocolate shop’s walls, arches and vaulted ceilings—a design modeled after a German “bierstube” by Pasadena tile maker Ernest Batchelder. A leader in the American Arts and Crafts movement, he was commissioned to create the elaborate interior in 1914 by a developer hoping to popularize hot chocolate. The space later became a cafeteria, and was designated a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in1975.

While the name and opening date of the new restaurant have not been announced, it is expected to debut later this year.

Up-and-Coming Hoteliers Unveiled


Boutique Design has revealed the winners of its fourth annual Up-and-Coming Hoteliers award.
The honorees for 2018 are:

Brian De Lowe, Brad Korzen
and Alex Samek, co-founders, Proper Hospitality, Venice, California
Michael Fuerstman, co-founder and creative director, Pendry Hotels, Orange County, California
Nobu Matsuhisa, chef and co-founder, and Robert De Niro and Meir Teper, co-founders, Nobu Restaurants and Nobu Hospitality, Miami Beach, Florida


“Our latest Up-and-Coming Hoteliers demonstrate once again how powerful individual voices can be in the hospitality industry,” says Mary Scoviak, executive editor, Boutique Design, and conference director, HMG.

Scoviak adds: “Like our previous honorees, these thought leaders have combined creativity with operational innovation to create hotels that define what’s on travelers’ bucket lists. Size doesn’t matter; vision does.”

The latest winners will be feted along with next year’s class of the Boutique 18 at a celebratory ceremony on Wednesday, April 4, from 6-8 p.m. at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles following the first day of BDwest 2018.

Trade fair attendees will also have the opportunity to gain insights into the future of the industry from both groups of on-the-rise hospitality stars during panel discussions at the two-day conference.