DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES - Royal Clayton's, a British-themed pub which closed in 2010 after four years of serving pints and fish and chips in the Arts District, reached a deal today to reopen in the Spring Arcade Building at Sixth and Spring streets.
The watering hole and restaurant will occupy a space on the Spring Street side of the Spring Arcade, replacing an electronics store that is on a month-to-month lease, said Greg Martin, vice president of landowner Downtown Management.
"The neighborhood is changing and we're responding to those changes, but at the same time, there is the traditional marketplace that we have to be sensitive to," Martin said.
The Royal Clayton's deal comes as convenience store Famima continues construction of its recently leased space on the Broadway side of the Spring Arcade. The shop is a few months from opening, Martin said.
The timeline for Royal Clayton's opening is uncertain, but co-owner Tony Gower said the company is shooting to open by the end of the year. The project will have an advantage in the permitting process, as Gower co-owns Royal Clayton's with his wife, land-use entitlement consultant Elizabeth Peterson-Gower.
Gower said the plan is to essentially replicate the Royal Clayton's concept. One new addition, however, could be outdoor seating, if the city permits the use.
"We'd love to have outdoor seating," Gower said.