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Elia Aboumrad's Gorge Finds New Life in Downtown

The Top Chef contestant is going onto the crowded corner of 4th and Main.

Gorge Downtown
Gorge Downtown
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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.

Yesterday came news that Michael Voltaggio might be taking over the Gorge space in West Hollywood. Today comes confirmation from Top Chef's Elia Aboumrad that the rumor is true: Michael Voltaggio is indeed acquiring the Gorge location for some new concept.

But that doesn't mean Gorge is going away, in fact it's finding a much better, bigger home in Downtown's Historic Core inside the Medallion building. The spacious new digs, which are away from street and placed on the subterranean part of the building, have been in construction for a weeks now, with an opening planned in Spring 2015.

Gorge DTLA

Aboumrad is getting help in this venture from her new husband, and chef partner Christian Page (who recently debuted Cassells' new location inside Hotel Normandie). Together, they're planning to recreate Gorge's charcuterie-centric menu, plus offer a bit more in the way of every day usefulness. That means a bakery and day time menu, with takeaway items and more that will work perfectly for nearby workers and residents.

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The crowded block already hosts Sushi Zo, Kazunori, and four Josef Centeno restaurants, making 4th and Main the single best dining intersection in Los Angeles at the moment, with one more feather in the cap from Aboumrad and Page arriving shortly.