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Gee, that downtown storefront looks bloody familiar...

December 8, 2008 |  9:35 am

Savvy downtown denizens who have taken a stroll down 6th Street near South Main Street recently may have noticed a familiar-looking black door leading to the basement of a residential loft building.

"This is an exact replica of the 10 Downing door," said London-born bar owner Ashley Joyce, referring to the official residence of the British prime minister at 10 Downing Street in London. The L.A. version, replete with brass lion head door knocker, is actually the entrance to his latest venture, the Association. "It's a little cheeky, and I can imagine this is what goes on at 10 Downing Street . . . very austere outside, and inside they're all drinking and having a laugh."

But Joyce's new lounge, which opened with little fanfare Wednesday to friends and family at 110 E. 6th St. is no joke -- nor is it a cheesy homage to England. It might just be his best Los Angeles offering: high praise indeed for the man behind some of Hollywood's most beloved and enduring low-key hangouts such as the Burgundy Room.

Read the rest of this article here.

--Charlie Amter