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A Massive All-Day Cafe Grows Inside a Working Arts District Garden

Rolling Greens will pair plants with small plates and lots of wine

Rolling Green Arts District
An overhead rendering of the new Rolling Green
Courtesy Rolling Green Nursery
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 upscale nursery Rolling Greens is growing even deeper roots in Los Angeles, planting a gigantic new flagship right in the Arts District. When all is said and done, the company will operate a full two acres of growing area, event space, and all-day cafe.

Rolling Greens currently hosts events and sells plants from two other locations around Los Angeles, one in Culver City and another popular location along Beverly Boulevard. Each is known first and foremost as a nursery and events space, where curious shoppers can choose their own cultivars to take home after speaking with knowledgeable staff, or stay for an evening learning session with a glass of wine in hand.

Now this new Arts District location is going all-in on food and beverage, dedicating a standalone space to daytime eats and evening meals touched off by glasses of beer and wine. A 1,760-square-foot deck will provide plenty of dining space in the sunshine, and if that’s not enough the area will offer some 10,000 square feet of open-air event space and even more room for rows of fruit trees and other plant life. Reps for Rolling Greens say the menu will be focused on small plates (of course), but as for a direction or price point, that’s still up in the air.

Rolling Greens Arts District
A partial rendering of the open space in front of the cafe

The first phase of the project to come online will be the greenhouse and other growing operations, slated for early May. Rolling Greens the restaurant won’t arrive until sometime in mid-summer most likely, but with two full acres at the corner of Mateo Bay Streets (just a block from Bestia) it’s sure to transform the neighborhood by fall.

Rolling Greens
1005 Mateo St.
Los Angeles, CA