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Dune’s Phenomenal Falafel Drops Into Downtown Next

The Atwater Village shop expands into some prime real estate

A full lamb and hummus plate from Dune
Farley Elliott
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.

Look out Downtown, because Dune is coming into your world. The popular Atwater Village Mediterranean restaurant already offers what is among the best falafel anywhere in Los Angeles, but now they’ll be expanding their menu of favorites to the corner of Olympic and Broadway, putting them right around the corner from the Ace Hotel.

Signage only just went up over the weekend at the former Soup Bazaar location along Olympic, but the iconic font is unmistakably Dune. The restaurant even let the cat out of the bag themselves on Saturday, Instagramming a shot of the building in process. They didn’t list an official arrival date (or the actual address), but sometime in February is likely for the Olympic Blvd opening.

The move into the larger South Park area of Downtown comes at a perfect time for Dune, considering how much traction that stretch has been receiving of late. Right by the upcoming Dune is DTLAmen Ramen Bar, the quirkily-named noodle newcomer taking over the Alma space on Broadway.

A short walk away is Mikkeller Bar, which is now open for coffee and pastry, with a full bar opening in a matter of weeks. Other places like Mega Bodega and Barcito have been doing good work around there for quite a while too, meaning the addition of one of LA’s most notorious Middle Eastern restaurants should be good news for all involved — especially anyone who loves falafel.

Dune Downtown
199 W. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA