Shuttered Towne Restaurant to Get New Occupant

Faith & Flower will be coming to the ground floor of the 35-story Watermarke Tower in the fall. Photo by Gary Leonard.

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES — The 7,000-square-foot space that housed Towne Food & Drink, a $4 million restaurant that closed less than a year after opening, is about to be reactivated.

Faith & Flower is scheduled to open in late fall at 705 W. Ninth St., said Dave Bernahl, co-founder of Coastal Luxury Management. The South Park establishment, he said, will be an approximately 140-seat space that pays homage to Downtown’s past and its recent renaissance.

“We’ve been in love with Los Angeles for a long time and always had the idea of doing something in L.A., and when the site became available we thought it was a real unique opportunity,” he said.

         The Monterey-based company is behind the upcoming Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival, the Pebble Beach Food & Wine event and restaurants such as Cannery Row Brewing Company and Restaurant 1833, both in Monterey.

Bernahl said Faith & Flower will be more intimate than the cavernous, 200-seat Towne. He said it will pay tribute to the early 1900s Downtown as well as the modern community.

The name, he said, comes from fact that Flower Street was at one point was called Faith Street.

“Part of the narrative of the restaurant is that it celebrates two of the most important renaissance periods in Downtown L.A., today and the early 1900s,” he said.

The menu is still being developed, but Bernahl said it will be based on the farm-to-table concept with cocktails also inspired by the early 1900s.

         The $4 million Towne Food & Drink opened on the ground floor of the Watermarke Tower last July. It closed on March 9.

         The Food & Wine Festival will run Aug. 22-25 in Downtown. It includes more than 100 chefs participating in tasting events and demonstrations.

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