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Ria Barbosa Jumps to Upcoming Paramount Coffee Project at DTLA’s The ROW

The massive mixed-use venture is starting to light up

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Paramount Coffee Project on Fairfax
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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.

Popular daytime chef Ria Dolly Barbosa will get to flex her dinner muscles soon with the upcoming spring opening of Paramount Coffee Project at The ROW in Downtown Los Angeles. The Australian-leaning coffee and food spot currently has one local location on Fairfax (and others in Australia proper), but is angling for a March reveal in Downtown’s Industrial District.

Barbosa has been steadily building a name for herself as an all-day cafe maestro, first at the pop-up Wild at Canele, then with a long stint overseeing the food at Los Feliz’s Go Get Em Tiger. She decamped over the summer to help co-chef the popular Forage in Silver Lake with Mel Canlas, but has moved on from there in anticipation of the upcoming Paramount Coffee Project gig.

For those unfamiliar, Paramount Coffee Project is a well-known, colorful, mostly Australian cafe on Fairfax known for its dedication to coffee and its killer breakfast. Co-owner Mark Dundon actually moved from Sydney to LA to open the first location in 2015, and will be running the show at the ROW version as well, while Barbosa will oversee the entire food slate (technically at both locations, but she’ll be spending most of her time in Downtown).

Barbosa is hoping to expand her horizons with a new dinner menu, and will likely be bringing some of her Filipino flavors to the forefront. No official opening date has been set for the new PCP at The ROW, but look for something in late winter or early spring.