When we last checked in with Eli Broad’s eponymous downtown museum, its fall 2014 debut had been pushed back to some time in 2015. Today it was announced that the institution will open in fall 2015, although no precise date was given.
In between these two announcements, we learned a few things about the Broad, especially its restaurant. Though the freestanding restaurant won’t open until at least April 2015, it features chef Tim Hollingsworth behind the stoves, Julian Cox behind the bar, and restaurateur Bill Chait (who we profile in our November issue) handling the business end. The name of the eatery hasn’t been revealed but it will have something to do with trees.
Located on Grand Avenue in the north end of downtown, the Broad is essentially a showcase for the collection of more than 2,000 works that industrialist-turned-philanthropist Eli Broad and his wife Edythe have acquired over several decades. As a boon to the general public, admission will be free and parking will (reportedly) be plentiful. The multi-story building, designed Diller Scofidio + Renfro, is still in the midst of construction. When it opens it will join two MOCA facilities and the Japanese American National Museum, making the northern end of downtown something of a museum hub.