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Classy French Cafe Zinque Grows Into Downtown’s South Park Neighborhood

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Another location for the upstart option with spots up and down the coast

The future Zinque location in Downtown
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.

Casual French cafe operation Zinque is on the move again, this time taking over some busy real estate on Broadway in Downtown. The company’s first location landed on Abbot Kinney in Venice back in 2012, but has since grown to include locations in West Hollywood and even as far as Newport Beach.

The new Zinque will land just on the other side of the United Artists Theater at the Ace Hotel, and should help to bring even more coffee, salads, tartines, and French cafe vibes to the greater South Park stretch of Downtown. Expect nearly 100 seats, a full savory menu that includes the restaurant’s popular paella, plus a bar with room for plenty of wine.

Interestingly enough, the incoming Zinque seems to be almost direct competition with the Ace Hotel next door. That property recently brought on chef Michael Cimarusti to open Best Girl as an all-day cafe of its own, and still maintains a coffee window inside the hotel to boot. Just a block to the south is also Mega Bodega, though it’s more of a coffee shop in the morning, with a craft beer bar focus at night.

Eater reached out to the Zinque team to confirm the incoming location, but they did not so far offer a firm timeline for opening. Not that the team isn’t busy enough running two cafes on Abbot Kinney and in West Hollywood — they’re also getting into something new in Santa Monica too.

Zinque Downtown
939 S. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA