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Inside Ledlow, Downtown's Reborn Dinner Destination

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Star restaurateur Josef Centeno switches things up at one of his most important spaces

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.

It's been a busy few weeks at Ledlow, chef/owner Josef Centeno's all-day Downtown dining spot right at the corner of 4th and Main. The large, airy space briefly went dark for a big new split down the middle, and has reemerged as a tighter, more coordinated restaurant as a result.

Reopening just in time for the weekend, Ledlow now sports a darker, warmer vibe thanks in large part to an ambitious plan to literally move the walls in a bit. One half of the tall space has become an entirely new vegetable-focused concept from Centeno called PYT, while the remaining Ledlow room benefits from a bit of creative painting. The new wall is a rich dark blue and is lined along the bottom with a black leather banquette, while the rest of the dining area still sits beneath those moody string lights high above.

Ledlow is now a 25-seat restaurant with room for bar seating and a truncated menu compared to what came before. The nearly all-day hours continue (with a small break between lunch and dinner) means locals can continue to pop in for a cappuccino and a croissant in the morning, while anyone making a trip in for dinner will find a number of favorites still hovering on the menu. There's the infamous burger of course, plus a few other hearty mains like fried chicken and as strong a brunch as ever. You can also expect a lot more whiskey from the shelves behind the bar.

Ledlow is now open once again in Downtown, keeping hours from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for breakfast and lunch, and 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. or later most nights of the week.


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