Chef Ray Garcia is expanding his downtown empire, with plans to open a great new financial district restaurant called Trademark. The project is a partnership with restaurateur Beau Laughlin, who is behind venues ranging from Kettle Black and Sawyer to Silver Lake to Atrium in Los Feliz.
The brand won’t be a blow-for-blow remake of the modern Mexican (and purely Angeleno) menus that Garcia has crafted over the years at BS Taqueria and Broken Spanish. Instead, the food will focus on simpler California dishes, but with Garcia’s flair. âThere will be elements of both of our known styles,â Garcia said in a statement to Eater regarding his partnership with Laughlin, âbut there will also be a definite progression in our work. Some are heartwarming and familiar, others unexpected. Garcia adds that part of his menu will be devoted to “exploring foods and ingredients that are generally misunderstood and underestimated.”
Laughlin, meanwhile, will design and build the space at the corner of Wilshire and Figueroa, in the 915 Wilshire building. The ground floor space is sloped, so the dining area is lifted and leveled, while the vaulted ceilings inside will remain in place. Expect a grand staircase right up front and a hanging chandelier as the centerpiece of the dining room. There will also be plenty of room in an indoor bar and a small terrace to boot, with room for around 80 diners at a clip.
For now, the plan is to open Trademark as a dinner restaurant this fall, before switching to busy lunch service for the Financial District soon after.
Trademark. 915 Wilshire, Los Angeles, California.