December

December 16, 2013

Behind Bar Ama

  I first met Bar Ama chef-owner Josef Centeno when he was executive chef at Opus. We got along right away because we have a lot in common. Josef (who we like to call “Brosef”) works quickly. He’s firm but friendly. I feel like, when a business relationship is strong, that reflects in the work. Josef aspired to open a Tex-Mex restaurant, and I knew we could make it happen. He now lords over Bar Ama (and his other two DTLA restaurants Lazy Ox and Orsa & Winston) with the same easy ambition that’s made him a favorite on the LA culinary scene. He also brings killer food over to the office sometimes—his panna cotta makes the FE team very happy. … Continued

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September

September 4, 2013

Gaining Traction

Here at FE Design, we face a lot of challenges—that’s our job—but Traction Avenue Brewpub has definitely been one of our more demanding projects. And I’m happy to say we were triumphant in the end. As a resident and longtime lover of the Arts District, I’m honored to be a part of the development of this exciting area. The 213 Group is a nightlife organization I had always aspired to work with as a young bartender, playing music and living in a loft on 2nd and Santa Fe back in the ‘90s. I remember when I first saw the change happen in the Arts District when the Savoy building went in on 1st and Alameda. This kind of change is … Continued

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September 3, 2013

The Story of Wolf & Crane

When we approach our work, we like to think of it as not just navigating red tape, but enhancing our community and evolving with our clients. Little Tokyo bar Wolf & Crane exemplifies that spirit. Their project not only challenged us to do our jobs better, it also inspired us to move our own office into a thriving Los Angeles community. I first met with Wolf & Crane proprietors Michael Alan Francesconi and Matthew Dean Glaser at the beginning of this year to discuss location. They wanted a location that was not only filled with culture but also with a growing and welcoming community. They’d looked into a few different locations throughout the Los Angeles area, including Echo Park, before … Continued

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September 1, 2013

A Word About Heirloom LA

I met Heirloom co-owners Matt Poley and Tara Maxey around 2007, but it wasn’t until they came by our Chinatown office and fed us their lasagna (amazing!) that I knew I wanted to be associated with them. Seeing them wow crowds with their bites at wine tastings in the following weeks only reinforced what I’d already known—this is a talented duo. Since I’ve known him, I’ve watched Matt go from working out of his car to having an entire building for his catering operations. We’ve grown together, and it’s that kind of growth that makes my business worthwhile. I’m happy to be a part of Heirloom’s accomplishments!

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