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Chas Germain, A Small Plates Restaurant Headed to Arts District in Former Pot Shop

A classic 1912 building that once housed a marijuana clinic is becoming a classy dining spot

Matthew Kang is the Lead Editor of Eater LA. He has covered dining, restaurants, food culture, and nightlife in Los Angeles since 2008. He's the host of K-Town, a YouTube series covering Korean food in America, and has been featured in Netflix's Street Food show.

Downtown News reports that a former pot clinic in the Arts District is destined for something a bit further up the gentrification scale: a trendy restaurant from Thomas Rivera (Salt of the Earth) and Daniel Sullivan called Chas Germain. The 4,000 square foot eatery on 600 E. First Street plans to upgrade the brick facade and have a special events are on the second floor.

It makes sense since Rivera's specialty seems to be in the catering arena. As for the concept, expect small plates like mussels, wood-fired pizzas, burgers, seafood and other shareable things. The DT News does say that while there is little nightlife in the area (especially since One Eyed Gypsy went down earlier this year), Rivera and Sullivan are applying for a full liquor license.