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Is USC-Adjacent 901 Bar & Grill Getting Flushed for Another Mixed Use Development?

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The longtime drink spot chases its lineage back to 1947.

901 Bar & Grill
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

When will it end? Another downtown-adjacent drink spot seems set for the the scrap heap after developers swoop in for the kill. This time, there’s a USC connection.

901 Bar & Grill on S. Figueroa has been serving the University Park neighborhood since 1947, shelling out cheap waffle fries and 2-for-1 drink deals every single day of the week. Between sports packages for every professional league and college football game day viewings, 901 Bar had established itself as a go-to for (mostly) kids in the area wanting to relax, eat greasy food, and drink for cheap. You know, a college bar.

Last week, the LA Business Journal noted that it’s all about to change following a sale of the property by real estate investment firm Jade Enterprises, which totally sounds like the kind of innocuously-named megabusiness that covers up the financial tracks of a supervillain somewhere. Though terms of the deal remain locked in a vault somewhere, it is known that this is the first sale of the property in more than 40 years.

LA Business Journal isn’t high on the idea that 901 Bar & Grill can last, noting that it’s "in the path of a great deal of redevelopment." Well said. Though no official plans for the site have leaked as of yet, it’s generally safe to assume some sort of mixed-use facility with a Quizno’s at the bottom. There’s always a Quizno’s at the bottom.

901 Bar & Grill

2902 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90007 (213) 745-7900 Visit Website