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Josef Centeno Partnering With Pete's Cafe for Downtown Historic Core Dominance

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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.

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Woah, massive news from Downtown to start off the weekend. Pete's Cafe, the nearly 12 year old institution in Historic Core known for its mac & cheese, is partnering with prolific chef Josef Centeno to transform the alll-day eatery on the corner of 4th and Main. Closing August 25 for a full remodel and re-concept, Pete's Cafe plans to re-open in October. Centeno will put together a new daily breakfast, house-based bread, pastries, plus brand new lunch and dinner menus, which should be a boon for locals looking for an upgraded diner.

Josef Centeno already owns three restaurants on the block: Baco Mercat, Bar Ama, and Orsa & Winston. Talk about dominating a block. In addition to Zo and KazuNori, the intersection of 4th and Main is quickly becoming one of the city's culinary centers. Full details of Centeno's plan with the Pete's Cafe menu, including keeping some legacy menu items, will unfold through the restaurant's new website. Pete McLaughlin founded Pete's Cafe in Downtown before all the subsequent development back in 2002.
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