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It’s Still Tough Times in the Rough and Tumble Arts District

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Plus Rossoblu update news, a Los Feliz shutter, and more

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Osso DTLA has closed

It’s a quiet shutter for Osso, the Arts District restaurant originally opened by a pair of New York City restaurant vets in Nick Montgomery and Ami Lourie. The restaurant, housed in the former One-Eyed Gypsy address, had struggled to find a consistent audience and even reconcepted at one point, with Montgomery leaving a while back.

That’s not to say the food was bad or the concept unstable. The truth is, it can still be a slog to find new and returning diners in the Arts District, despite all the real estate hype. Much like the South Park neighborhood closer to the Staples Center, dreams of big residential buildings filled with creative types seem far away when your sidewalk is covered in construction equipment and regulars complain there’s nowhere to park. With an increasing density of restaurants unmatched by a similar density of living space, it can still be surprisingly tough times in one of LA’s most talked-about dining neighborhoods.

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