Fast Eddie

Eddie Navarrette (a.k.a. “Fast Eddie”)

CHIEF CONSULTANT

Eddie Navarrette (a.k.a. “Fast Eddie”)

CHIEF CONSULTANT

Eddie Navarrette is the Chief Consultant of FE Design & Consulting, which he founded in 2003. Better known as "Fast Eddie," together with his team of planners, drafters, designers and expeditors, his hospitality-focused company has helped to develop, build and open doors to hundreds of LA's best independent restaurants, bars and more. But it was at age 16 that Eddie would earn his suggestive moniker while performing at Raji’s in Hollywood as a touring punk-rock drummer and later, as an undefeated-champion bike jouster on the streets of 7th and Santa Fe. To support himself, he was a teenage server at Miceli's and an average barback at the infamous Three Clubs. Unusually, Eddie would get a part-time gig as a kitchen designer. His early years of experience would include helping iconic Los Angeles music venues -- like The Smell, Spaceland and others -- avoid getting shut down by the city. Preserving the LA arts community continues to be an important mission for Eddie. Eddie would later become inspired by a different breed of artistry: Chefs. Bartenders. Coffee geeks. It became his personal mission to equip the small-business entrepreneur with the tools, tips and answers to navigate all the red tape of City Hall. Eddie uses his extensive knowledge of the Planning, Building and Health codes to develop overall project design and strategy for his clients to build their dream spaces. Years of battling the city's bureaucracy on behalf of his clients, an emerging identity as a hospitality advocacy leader paved the way for Eddie to co-found the Independent Hospitality Coalition at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Now, as Vice President and Chair of the Advocacy Committee, Eddie has led the march on behalf of our city's vibrant hospitality community and organized countless meetings with City, County, State, and Federal legislators to level the playing field for small business owners in Los Angeles County and beyond. Eddie lives in Little Tokyo, where he is actively engaged within the Downtown LA community as a board member of ArtShare and more. His addiction to travel allows him to ogle kitchen & bar design all around the world. His leisure time is best filled with drinking bottles of Champagne and fine Burgundian wines and forging ahead as a competitive salsa dancer.

THE TEAM

Manny Diaz
Principal Planner
Dafne Gokcen
Senior Planner
Julie Pashinyan
Design & Expediting Manager
Henry Truong
ABC Consultant
Sarmen Ohanian
Drafting Supervisor
Xing Ming
Assistant Planner
Tarisai Kuvhenguhwa
Project Manager
Marina Trunova
Office Manager
Frank Fuentes
Project Manager
Kristan Lagman
Project Coordinator
Troy Neves
Executive Assistant

ADVOCACY

Eddie has always stood up for the little guy. The underdog, the misfit, the artist. Eddie's deep investment in the Los Angeles community has led to his engagement with various philanthropic and professional organizations, including a partnership with the nonprofit El Nido Family Centers, where Eddie volunteered to develop their culinary program, a seat on the board of ArtShareLA, a cultural organization and affordable housing building for artists in the Arts District, and an emerging role as a hospitality advocacy leader, through his role as a founder and board member of the Independent Hospitality Coalition.
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