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Father’s Office Loads Up Their Famous Burger and Heads for the Arts District

Chef Sang Yoon expands his upscale gastropub empire

A pub burger with arugulua and melty cheese.
Father’s Office burger
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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.

Los Angeles chef Sang Yoon is expanding his empire, landing a third location of his popular Father’s Office restaurant in the Arts District Downtown. Yoon tells the LA Times that he’s headed that way because of all the movement in that area of the city, and that the Arts District truly “feels very much like a neighborhood.”

The jump to a third location has allegedly been coming for some time, though Downtown has not always on the radar. It makes sense to head more east with the brand, given how popular the Santa Monica original and always-churning Culver City follow-up have been.

It’s easy too to see Father’s Office fit into a neighborhood that is rapidly turning into its own version of a massive Helms Bakery, where big warehouse spaces are converted into restaurants and retail outlets, and former loading docks are used for patio seating. The area continues to be a ripe place big-name chefs to come make their mark — Jessica Largey’s Simone, anyone? — and the fast-casual format that Father’s Office has always followed should help them keep costs relatively low in the high-spend ‘hood.

There’s no timeline for opening, but Yoon tells the Times that the place should be up and running before the end of the year. They’ll also have a few specific dishes and other elements at the new location, including a greater focus on the booze lineup beyond their craft beer and wine. Architect Ana Henton will design the space, complete with patio and loads of greenery.

Father’s Office Downtown
905 E. 2nd St.
Los Angeles, CA

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