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Union Station’s Forgotten Dinnertime Restaurant Traxx Returns to Life

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The 22-year-old restaurant has new owners, and new plans

Light shines in from big windows at Union Station’s art deco ticket counter.
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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.

It looks like longtime Union Station bar and restaurant Traxx is coming back from the dead. The Art Deco space snagged a couple of new owners, and should be reopening in the coming weeks.

Owners Chris Badeaux and Kristin Jensen are longtime restaurant and hospitality vets who most recently spent time at Clayton’s Public House in Downtown Los Angeles. They took over Traxx a few months ago with hopes of reviving the longtime restaurant inside the massive Union Station, without fully tearing down the beauty and simplicity of what’s already there.

Reached by email, Badeaux tells Eater that the plan is to reopen Traxx in three phases, first with cocktails and a small bar menu, followed by casual lunch and then dinner. The menu will continue in the same classic American style as before, and the space itself is only being lightly touched up. The dining room should still seat well over 100 at a time, though the attached patio is now reserved only for events. Expect hours from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. once all is said and done.

Traxx initially closed inside Union Station back in May, ending a two-decade run for the business. At the time, restaurant ownership blamed the loss on increased competition from nearby tenants Imperial Western Beer Co.

Traxx. 800 N. Alameda St., Los Angeles, CA.