Downtown LA's Splashiest New Restaurant
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Leave it to Commune Design , the team behind the new Ace Hotel in Los Angeles , to make stained glass look cool. It's just one of the many details at the hotel's LA Chapter restaurant to admire. In its 87-year history, the hotel's Spanish Gothic 13-story structure has served as the United Artists Theater, as headquarters for Texaco, and most recently as a Christian ministry center (complete with giant neon "Jesus Saves" sign). Now the building has been reborn as the latest outpost of the Ace Hotel, anchoring a formerly barren stretch of Broadway, with a restaurant from the team behind Greenpoint, Brooklyn, hotspot Five Leaves. We're plotting a visit. Photos by Laure Joliet for Remodelista, Above: The restaurant's exterior includes cafe seating for sunny days. Above: Commune unleashed an array of patterns—checkerboard included—in their design for LA Chapter. Above: A bird's-eye view of the dining room. Above: The ambience is reminiscent of the grand cafes of Europe (and NYC). Above: A banquette overlooking the urban street scene. Above: Stained glass panels subtly reference the building's past life as a Christian ministry center. Above: A detail of the abstract stained glass panels. Above: The Haas Brothers contributed the pencil drawings on the walls. Above: Throughout the restaurant, brass details add a touch of glimmer. Above: A corner banquette upholstered in green leather. Last week we did a Steal This Look on the hotel's bathrooms; stay tuned for more posts on the hotel (up next: the lobby and rooms).