ISSUE 3  |  Paints & Patterns

Downtown LA’s Splashiest New Restaurant

January 24, 2014 8:00 PM

BY Julie Carlson

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