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Jeremy Fall Taking Over King Eddy Saloon, Plans to Restore to 80's New Wave Dive

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The impresario moving from nightlife to historical bar restoration.

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.

Jeremy Fall is moving quickly to take over various sections of L.A.'s nightlife and drinking culture, starting with two standout spots in Hollywood. But based on this chat with Fall, he's not interested in staying in that bubble. The young impresario tells Eater that he is taking over the King Eddy Saloon, which recently went under a minor facelift after ACME took over a few years ago.

However, Fall doesn't plan to revamp or rename the place at all. In fact, he hopes to strip away even the minor changes that ACME brought and bring the legendary Bukowski haunt back to its 80's New Wave glory. According to Fall, many of the bars in Downtown took that 1980's Miami aesthetic, and the King Eddy also had that feel. He insists that it will not be the whole "Hollywood guy taking over something to make it hip."

Underneath all the layers of grime, Fall hopes to re-expose that version of the Skid Row dive. Says Fall, this won't be anything like what happened with Power House in Hollywood, which retained the brilliant neon facade but completely revamped the interior into a modern cocktail lounge.

As for other physical changes, Fall says the actual bar will come down in size to make room for more floorspace. But dive bar fans should not lament: Fall thinks that after a short remodel, the place will actually look more like a dive (if that's even possible). King Eddy Saloon's history goes back as far as 1933, making it one of the oldest bars in the city.

What will happen to that awesome real-life speakeasy beneath King Eddy? No word yet but something might actually materialize now.

King Eddy Saloon

131 E 5th St, Los Angeles, CA 90013 (213) 629-2023 Visit Website