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Downtown’s New Dinner Spot Takes Varied Approach to Mediterranean Flavors

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Le Grand takes over for the closed Tomgeorge tomorrow

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The bar at Le Grand
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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.

Downtown’s next soaring Euro-centric restaurant option is Le Grand, opening tomorrow in the former Tomgeorge space on the corner of 7th and Grand. Much like its predecessor, this newcomer will focus on a variety of culinary influences, from Greek traditions to raspberry-covered oysters.

Le Grand is a redo of a pretty prime 185-seat corner space in Downtown, though some elements of the previous tenants are still intact. The chairs and booths and much of the other basics in the dining room remain the same, though owners (the busy Porto Maltese restaurant group out of Europe) did bring in some new pendant lighting, retouch the bar a bit, and add a bunch of greenery along with a brand new wine wall.

What’s mostly new is the menu itself, which new skews less towards clubby dinnertime fare and lounge basics to something mostly more pan-Mediterranean. Entrees include everything from spaghetti, scallops, and a ribeye steak, with other nods towards dishes that speak to the background of Greek chefs Alex and Chris Manos, including housemade pita and shrimp saganaki.

Both of the Manos brothers will work in the kitchen at Le Grande, and have a bunch of collective fine dining experience. Alex has spent time at Providence and Melisse, and Chris has worked at Michelin-starred Hytra and Spondi in Athens, Greece. The pair’s opening menu is below.

Le Grand opens for walk-ins only starting tomorrow, with dinner hours only running from 5 p.m. to midnight. Lunch and brunch out on the patio will come down the line. Reservations will begin on Wednesday, May 1.

Le Grand. 707 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA.

Chef’s cut steak at Le Grand
Le Grand
Branzino ceviche
Le Grand
Le Grand
The Manos brothers
Le Grand