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Dustin Lancaster Expands Covell Brand Into New Arts District Hotel and Bar

The Eastside restaurateur is growing his empire

The future Firehouse Hotel in the Arts District
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.

Restaurateur Dustin Lancaster is certainly not one to sit around. The man behind everything from The Hermosillo and Highland Park Brewery to Hotel Covell/Bar Covell and L&E Oyster Bar is turning up the heat once again, this time with a big new round-the-clock player in the Arts District.

Following up on some rumors, Eater has confirmed with Lancaster that he will be partnering with Tyler Stonebreaker on a new hotel project in the Arts District. Stonebreaker is that area’s real estate whisperer, and is a dealmaker behind some of the most important properties in the neighborhood. He’s got such deep ties to the coffee and hospitality world, in fact, the industry publication Sprudge did a feature on him all the way back in 2013.

His latest project is the rehabilitation of a former fire station at 7th and Santa Fe, to be called the Firehouse Hotel of course. Lancaster will jump onboard with not only his hotel experience, but also from the food and beverage angle. There are plans for a full bar as well as an on-site restaurant, though concept and chef are still a ways out. In fact, the whole project is still walking a two year tight rope, so don’t expect anything just yet. Except, who knows, by the time this project comes to life, Lancaster might have successfully taken over a few other prime properties around the city — Chinatown included.