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Locol Co-Founder Daniel Patterson Brings SF’s Upscale Restaurant Alta to South LA

The project is slated for a bright corner of West Adams

Daniel Patterson
Courtesy Daniel Patterson
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.

Successful San Francisco restaurateur Daniel Patterson is ready to make an even bigger splash in Los Angeles soon with the opening of his first Southern California location of Alta. The California casual restaurant first came on the scene in San Francisco’s Mid-Market neighborhood back in 2013, but has since grown to encompass multiple new and planned locations across the Bay Area, from the Minnesota Street Project in the Dogpatch neighborhood to Jack London Square in Oakland.

In Los Angeles, Patterson will land his first Alta in West Adams, just below the 10 Freeway at the corner of Burnside and West Adams proper. That’s in line with what the chef told Eater back in July when teasing a possible LA location:

“We’re pretty far along,” he says, explaining that his group has zeroed in on the Southern part of the city, because Patterson wants to be able to hire from Watts, Compton, Crenshaw, and the other areas he’s gotten to know with Locol Watts. But there’s no set timeline. “It’ll fall in place and it’ll be whatever it’s going to be. I would love it if it’s next year some time,” he says.

Of course, West Adams is also a burgeoning corridor for young families and increased public transit, making it a popular new destination for residential and restaurant builds. Just ask Tony Yanow and the Artisanal Brewers Collective, who still have plans to put a beer-focused pub inside an industrial building in West Adams next year.

An overhead shot of a wide, low plate with swirls of sauce at an upscale soul food restaurant.
Chicken at Alta
Alta [official photo]

Eater was able to confirm the Alta opening with Patterson’s team yesterday, who say an opening should happen sometime next year. They add:

Like its sister restaurants in the Bay Area, Alta West Adams will feature a California-centric menu informed by local ingredients, but with a distinctly Southern California sensibility and setting designed with the surrounding community in mind. Patterson will oversee the culinary vision along with an LA-based team.

Patterson is in Los Angeles often thanks to his stake in fast food option Locol in Watts, and seems eager to contribute to the greater South LA neighborhood. Alta will even work with non-profits like Restaurant Opportunities Centers to help give back to the area and supply people with jobs.

There’s no confirmed timeline for the opening of Alta in West Adams, but it won’t be until next year. The space covers just under 2,500 total square feet with room for a proposed patio, and there’s still a lot of construction work to do.

5365 West Adams Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA