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Cafe Gratitude, A Sunny All-Day Vegan Eatery in the New Heart of the Arts District

The third plant-based restaurant in the chain lands at One Santa Fe on Sunday.

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.

Cafe Gratitude is finally primed for its downtown debut, which will open its doors on Sunday, March 29. The Arts District locale is the third for Los Angeles, with other hip Cafe Gratitude outposts in Larchmont and on Venice’s Rose Avenue. This one, though, comes at the perfect time — and in the perfect place.

Holding some sunny real estate at the ground floor level of the massive (and much-discussed) new One Santa Fe mixed-use community, Cafe Gratitude looks to angle in on the all-important wholesome food market that’s booming downtown. The menu is, of course, entirely plant-based and organic, with a lean towards lighter lunch fare and easygoing main dishes.

But beginning with the Sunday debut, executive chef Dreux Ellis plans to unleash a broad menu of dinner-specific dishes that change with the seasons, and will roll them out to the sister locations accordingly. Don’t forget about their chef-curated juice cleanse option, too.

As for the space itself, expect a clean, wood-accented room with lots of gleaming white and faux rustic touches, like painted exposed brick and brass railings. A set of corner shelves leave room for quick service to-go items, while seating inside is a mix of communal tables, a long run of two-tops and larger booths, plus wraparound seating at the bar.

Cafe Gratitude is located at the Yards at One Santa Fe, and opens on Sunday, March 29. Daily hours run from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

One Santa Fe

One Santa Fe Ave., Los Angeles, CA