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