11/05/2012 04:30:00 PM

Coming Soon: Frenchie Coco Laurent Heads Downtown This Month

Fancy signage/Brigham Yen
Apparently French is the new black in the Downtown LA dining scene. Church & State set the stage a few years ago, with Perch opening last year, and then Kitchen Table and Le Ka this year. Later this month Coco Laurent, which sounds more like a boutique than restaurant, will add its own take on classic French cuisine, courtesy chef Guillaume Jouvet, who was brought in by owner Vincent Terzian (Crocker Club) to oversee the menu.

In true Downtown fashion, the space is pretty ginormous, seating up to 300 people. According to Bringham Yen, the design is swank-French, with handmade chandeliers, walnut crown moldings and other fine details. Menu details are still being hammered out, but it's along the lines of your typical French bistro fare - Jouvet hails from Paris. There's also an adjacent deli that will open early for sandwiches, pastries and coffee. Think: A Frenchier version of Bottega Louie, which is right across the street. The plan is to open in a couple of weeks, but definitely before the end of November.

707 S. Grand Ave.; 213-928-1123

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