LA’s next big food hall, part of a massive nationwide trend to amplify the food court model, is called Platform 35, and it’s a train-themed affair slated to arrive in Koreatown by spring 2018. This gallery of food vendors and retail will sit on the second floor just above the Wilshire/Normandie Metro stop.
They’ve already signed up some notable operators: popular taco specialist Guisados; Berlins, a döner kebab fast-casual; and Adam Fleischman’s Cold Cocked Coffee. Platform 35 will bring on a new place called 8th Notch, a restaurant with a short menu of burgers, pulled pork, briskets, and an area dedicated to smoking their own meat. The name is derived from locomotive culture, and pays homage to trains that used to maneuver throughout Los Angeles. The eighth notch is a train’s highest gear and fastest speed.
Platform 35 is less than a mile from the Square Mixx food court in Koreatown’s Gaju Marketplace building. They bear some similarities: both are stationed in Koreatown, and boast a bird’s-eye view. The differences? Square Mix hosts Korean-based chains while Platform 35 hosts local restaurants.
Greenbridge Investment Partners, an LA real estate firm, will be the primary developer of the food hall. Greenbridge’s principal Sean Hashem, and vice president Joshua Allen, usually stick to real estate and retail. The pair chose to venture into the ever-expanding world of food halls after FOOD at 3500 Wilshire never quite got off the ground. When that project failed, the two created Platform 35.
3500 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA