It’s a restaurant! It’s a bar! It’s a club! It’s the hottest hospitality trend of 2018: multi-concept developments. Whether it’s shopping and an overnight, dinner and a show, or a night out and bed to crash in, these projects are a one-stop shop for entertainment and hospitality. No rental car or parking fees necessary.
AKA + Fred Segal
Where do celebrities who live in other cities stay when working in LA? This year, it’s likely that much of this high-profile clientele will check into AKA West Hollywood, a new extended-stay residence specializing in stays of one month or longer. In addition to luxurious suites, the Sunset Strip complex offers apartment residences as well as an open-air plaza of shops and restaurants—the new Fred Segal flagship store opened here last fall, while Tesse restaurant and Boutellier wine store are confirmed as forthcoming.
Checker Hall and Lodge Room
Dinner and a show has never been as cool as it is at the Eastside’s newest sister concepts—Checker Hall, a Mediterranean bistro and bar, and Lodge Room, an intimate music venue. Guests can hit former Masonic lodge Checker Hall for inspired cocktails by Head Bartender Rebecca Smoyer DeLeon and rustic Mediterranean dishes by Chef Hovig Agop before they move on to catch a live performance at The Lodge; upcoming shows feature Knower, Khruangbin, and Lawrence Rothman.
DREAM Hotel + TAO Group
No project in LA captures the “multi-concept” mentality—and demonstrates its many benefits—quite like the DREAM Hollywood superblock. A destination in and of itself, everything needed for a night out is located off a single manicured alleyway between Cahuenga and Wilcox on Selma: poolside views of the Hollywood Sign from The Highlight Room; massive, opulent dining rooms at TAO Asian Bistro and Beauty & Essex; late-night pizza at Luchini; bottle service (and bangers) at Avenue; and, of course, a bed to pass out in at the end of the night at the DREAM Hollywood—no late-night Uber home needed.
After much anticipation (and many delays), Hotel Figueroa finally re-opened in 2017—and revealed a stunning renovation to the historic property. Once a women’s hostelry run by the YWCA—and later, a watering hole for artists and a center of social activism—Hotel Figueroa’s newest chapter seeks to reassert the hotel as a mainstay of the hospitality industry in LA. With this in mind, the restoration paid particular attention to amenities available to the public, with three bar areas and two restaurant concepts—including one from Chef Casey Lane.
At long last, January 21 will see chef Daniel Humm and restaurateur Will Guidara of Make It Nice (Eleven Madison Park, NoMad NY, Made Nice) open the long-awaited NoMad Hotel in DTLA, the famed restaurateurs’ first endeavor outside New York. Opening on 7th and Olive, NoMad Los Angeles promises a slew of distinct spaces: the formal Mezzanine, all-day Lobby restaurant, Coffee Bar, and Giannini Bar, starring a seasonal bar program helmed by Bar Director Leo Robitschek. The Rooftop, set to open later in 2018, is being designed by Jacques Garcia and will include a café, cocktail bar, and landscaped pool area.
Since first opening in the summer of 2016, ROW DTLA—home to Smorgasburg LA—has only raised the bar with each new business, restaurant, and fitness opening. Residents of the six-building complex include the uber-Instagramable 29Rooms, Cafe Dulce coffeehouse and bakery, and Bender Yoga, known for rooftop flow classes. Things are about to get even better in 2018 with the arrival of the Athletic Club, Paramount Coffee Project, Poketo, and Rappahannock Oyster Co.