Last summer, the site of Taix French Restaurant in Echo Park sold to a developer who had ambitions to turn the historic restaurant and adjacent lots into a mixed-use complex. Now that developer, Holland Partner Group, has submitted an application that details their plans for the plot–which include 170 apartments, a 220-car garage, 13,000 square feet of retail, and a new, shrunken-down version of Taix.
The new development is being designed by local architecture firm Togawa Smith Martin. The firm has worked on numerous commercial developments across the region, including the Excelsior condos at the Americana.
According to Urbanize Los Angeles, the development will comprise two buildings, linked by elevated pedestrian bridges. At street level, there will be retail and dining, and a walkway between the two buildings connecting Sunset Boulevard to Reservoir Street. The buildings would be topped off with private rooftop space. A parking garage will be constructed underground. Of the 170 apartments, 24 would be designated as affordable units.
Taix itself will drop from the freestanding 18,000-square-foot space down to a modern 6,000-square-foot storefront restaurant space within the complex. The restaurant has been in its current location since 1962, and has been operated by the Taix family since first opening in 1927.
Last year, the family spoke about how they came to the tough decision to sell the large, aging Taix property.
It had previously been reported that portions of Taix’s distinctive look would be preserved, perhaps including the exterior neon signage and porte cochere overhang. Those details do not appear to be visible in renderings of the new design.
Now the plans and certain incentives sought by the developer will await movement by the Los Angeles City Planning Commission. In the interim, Taix remains open, currently offering a takeout menu, including many of the restaurant’s most beloved French country-style dishes, as well as fancy dinner kits, and wine and cocktails to go.
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