Downtown LA's Splashiest New Restaurant by

Issue 3 · Paints & Patterns · January 24, 2014

Downtown LA's Splashiest New Restaurant

Issue 3 · Paints & Patterns · January 24, 2014

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,

Ace Hotel Los Angeles Exterior/Remodelista

Above: The restaurant's exterior includes cafe seating for sunny days.

Ace Hotel Los Angeles Restaurant/Remodelista

Above: Commune unleashed an array of patterns—checkerboard included—in their design for LA Chapter.

  LA Chapter at the Ace Hotel Overview/Remodelista

Above: A bird's-eye view of the dining room.

LA Chapter Dining Room/Remodelista

Above: The ambience is reminiscent of the grand cafes of Europe (and NYC).

LA Chapter Window Banquette/Remodelista

Above: A banquette overlooking the urban street scene.

Ace Hotel LA Bar/Remodelista

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.

LA Chapter Restaurant Ace Hotel Stools/Remodelista

Above: The Haas Brothers contributed the pencil drawings on the walls.

LA Chapter Restaurant Stool Detail/Remodelista

Above: Throughout the restaurant, brass details add a touch of glimmer.

LA Chapter Banquette/Remodelista

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). And to learn more about Commune, see Designer Visit: Q & A with Commune in LA.

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