Downtown’s L.A. Live Gets Three Huge New Restaurants

ESPN Zone closes to make way for a Smashburger and two brand new concepts.

Amidst the last great recession, ESPN Zone opened its doors at L.A. Live, downtown’s hub for sports, entertainment, and dining. The concept, known for its blaring televisions and sports-themed decor, lasted nearly six years. A few weeks ago, it closed to make room for three new concepts.

Consumer Concept Group, the team behind Smashburger—a burger concept out of Denver that already has a location in L.A.—has signed on to bring two new restaurants, in addition to a new Smashburger, to L.A. Live. The trio of eateries is set to open on the Southeast corner of L.A. Live later this year.

The first new spot is Tom’s Urban 24, which is described in a release as “featuring urban cuisine, epic cocktails, ice cold craft beers on tap, and space for private groups.” Tom Ryan, the founder of Smashburger, is the restaurant’s namesake. He is perhaps most famous for creating Pizza Hut’s Stuffed Crust Pizza. His background is in quickservice restaurants; this is his first casual dining concept.

The second new restaurant set to open within CCG’s new 24,000 square footprint downtown is Live Basil Pizza. Another casual dining room, the restaurant will serve an Italian lunch and dinner menu seven-nights a week. L.A. Live, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Downtown,