Last week, Hotel Figueroa let slip that chef Casey Lane (The Parish, Tasting Kitchen) would be manning the massive overhaul at the revamped Downtown address. Now we know a whole lot more about what that will look like — and what you’ll soon be able to eat.
First, an overview. Lane will be handling the food side of the 268-room hotel, which dates to the 1920’s. Construction is still underway at the property near Staples Center, with plans to arrive on the scene again by December of this year.
As of now, Lane will be overseeing two different restaurants inside the hotel. The first is Breva, a Basque-influenced sit down restaurant that will work Spanish and Mediterranean flavors within a tapas-style menu that promotes communal dining. Guests will also be able to eat along the sidewalk out front.
A whole new look for the Downtown hotel
Separate from that is Veranda, an Italian option situated out by the pool. That’s where Lane will work a menu of mostly grilled meats and wood-fired pizzas, plus pastas and sides. This space will be entirely al fresco, and should also contain the hotel’s iconic old 1920’s era fireplace.
Beyond those two dining options, you’ll also find drinks from noted barman Dushan Zaric. The Employees Only (NYC) lead is handling a couple of different bar-only spaces at once — plus the drinks for each restaurant — starting with Bar Figueroa in the lobby. This is an all-day option for folks who want to sip wine and cocktails at night, or stop in during the morning for pastries and espresso.
Another Zaric creation is Bar Alta, a mezzanine-level drinking space that only seats 28, thus making it available for hotel guests and folks with a reservation only. Meant to be a sort of Walker Inn-esque spot for high-minded drinking, Bar Alta won’t actually have menus at all, but rather be a kind of omakase experience lead by each individual bartender on shift.
Look for Hotel Figueroa to come back online by December of this year, with restaurant and bar unveilings right around then as well. You can’t make your reservations to any of the dining experiences just yet, but soon enough guests will be able to line up for the Casey Lane’s food, Dushan Zaric’s drinks, and a whole new look at the Downtown hotel.