It’s been a wild few years for Downtown LA’s Music Center, which has undergone more than $40 million in renovations while also losing of one of LA’s tentpole fine dining restaurants in Patina, which closed last summer after more than 30 years of service. Now, in anticipation of a big 2022 for live events, dining, and Downtown tourism —including the reveal of the $1 billion Grand LA mixed-use development across the street — the Music Center is looking to expand its culinary reach.
While Ray Garcia has already been tapped to take over the closed Patina space, with plans to open in January of 2022, that leaves more than few open tenant possibilities for the multi-building complex overall, done in conjunction with large-scale venue operations partner Levy. Next up is a second location for Sip & Sonder, the female and Black-owned cafe based out of Inglewood. That group will take up directly in front of the Walt Disney Concert Hall, selling coffees and pastries and more starting Friday, November 5. Owners Amanda-Jane Thomas and Shanita Nicholas originally opened Sip & Sonder back in 2017 as a cafe and coffee roastery.
What’s more, the Music Center will also welcome in iconic LA restaurant Carney’s with a new restaurant outpost next to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, overlooking Grand Avenue. The chili-infused hot dog and burger spot, with its signature train car location on the Sunset Strip and other outposts around the city, will open sometime this winter as more budget-friendly dining option at the property. Carney’s is an LA legend, having opening in 1975. Prior to 2020, the Music Center was also home to a rotating chef restaurant project known as Abernethy’s, as well as a location of local coffee chain Go Get Em Tiger.