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Downtown Diary: A hopeful open house

June 6, 2008 |  5:21 pm


Downtown is throwing open its doors this weekend for the first Downtown Open House, with residential buildings, hotels, restaurants and shops all aimed at showcasing the area’s ongoing renaissance. The Downtown Center Business Improvement District, which is hosting the event, has sponsored monthly loft tours for a number of years, but this time the idea is for a lot more institutions to get in the mix.

Starting this evening at 5 p.m., and going through Sunday at midnight, visitors can tour new lofts (including a few that aren’t yet open), check out live entertainment and tour downtown’s landmarks. The BID's website has all the details. But, it warns, food and cocktails, and some cultural events, are not free.

Also, angelenic.com has a round up of 10 restaurants that are and could (pretty please?) be opening up this month in the area. We plan to check out Lime this weekend, a cafe-gallery-bar that is the latest addition to downtown’s Historic Core. They promise to have mojitos and south of the border grilling.

-- Cara Mia DiMassa

(Cara Mia DiMassa is a Times urban affairs writer. She plans to make regular 'Downtown Diary' posts. Her coverage of growth and development can be found on The Times' Boomtown page).

Photo: Luis Sinco / LAT