Over a year in the making, David and Fanny Rolland have been battling with the enormity of the build out that is Le Petit Paris. The Cannes-based restaurateur is currently in the process of overhauling this historic hotel lobby, which has been around since 1913, making easily one of the oldest buildings in the city to hold a restaurant.
Rolland and his team of contractors and designers (lead by Beth Holden of NEW THEME) are working tirelessly to preserve the elements of this space that make it one of the most charming in Downtown, with skylights, multiple entrances, a mezzanine level, and expansive kitchen in the back that will eventually serve up to 400 people. That's even bigger than Bottega Louie, which certainly captures that grand Old World vibe in its Financial District space.
Le Petit Paris, which will tout everything from a grocery up front along Spring Street to outdoor patio seating overlooking the nearby urban park, is poised to become one of the most ambitious new restaurant projects in part of town that's chock full of places to eat.
At the moment, Le Petit Paris is scheduled to open within a few months, as most of the hard construction is close to completion and interior details are left. Check out the massive exhausts that needed to go in place behind the building in order to accommodate the complex hood system going into the kitchen.
Oogle the long hallway-like atrium and imagine sipping on coffee while munching on a sandwich, or downing Burgundy with steak frites. Los Angeles has other large-scale historic projects at the moment, such as Clifton's Cafeteria down the road, but Le Petit Paris just might be the perfect ode to LA's stature as a great world city.