Chef David Myers buys restaurant space at Hollywood and Vine

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High-profile Los Angeles chef David Myers has purchased space at the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street where he intends to open a new restaurant.

Myers paid $7.2 million for two retail condominium spaces in the ground floor of the historic Equitable building at 6253 Hollywood Blvd., his real estate broker Ramsey-Shilling Commercial Real Estate Services said Wednesday.


One of the spaces is already occupied by Dillon’s Irish Pub & Grill, which will continue to operate as a tenant of Myers’. The new restaurant is expected to open next year.

Retail condominiums are unusual in Los Angeles, said broker Nicole Mihalka, who represented the seller, a local partnership called Vinewood. Constructed in the late 1920s, the Equitable building also has office condominiums on the second floor and live-work lofts upstairs.

The twin-towered office building was converted to mostly residential use a few years ago as a building boom swept Hollywood. All but one of the 60 live-work lofts have been sold or are in escrow, Mihalka said.
Myers’ space, about 4,800 square feet, was formerly occupied by the Hollywood & Vine Lounge and has a liquor license, she said.

The chef gained attention in 2002 when his first restaurant, Sona, earned a prestigious Michelin star. The restaurant on La Cienega Boulevard closed earlier this year. His David Myers Group continues to operate a chain of French brasseries called Comme Ca and Pizzeria Ortica in Orange County.

Myers plans to open a high-end patisserie and a café in the Ginza district of Tokyo this fall and open a Comme Ca in Las Vegas later this year, his broker said.

-- Roger Vincent