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Jun 24, 2014 09:49 AM

Water Grill going into the Palm Restaurant in East Village. .

Water Grill, a downtown LA resto for nearly 25+ years is coming to East Village per the UT.
King's Seafood Company will spend $5 million to transform the 2 story Palm restaurant into a new Water Grill at J street and 6th.
Will open later at the end of the year.

I think this is great news..
Remember when they had that wonderful brassiere where Lou and Mickey's used to be...what was the name of that place..Royale Brasserie?

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  1. Yes, Royale. Amazing place, very Balthazar or Nice (the place) seafood resto. Loved that place.

    Had more than my share of fantastic meals at Water Grill- it's near The Biltmore, my favorite place to stay in LA.

    A little old, a little worn at the edges, but a classic with a lot of style.

    Basement swimming pool is gorgeous, and the GIANT coed steam room adjacent is a must-experience.

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    1. re: Fake Name

      Royale Brasserie was fantastic and I think it was a little ahead of its time for the Gaslamp.
      The TI's were impressive for that site and was a very expensive build out, if memory serves.

      Coed steam me my steam but don't know if I want to see old guys sweating next to me.
      If there hot, well that's a no brainer..

      ; )

      1. re: Beach Chick

        It's HUGE and always plenty of room- never have to look at the non-hot.

      2. re: Fake Name

        Used to eat at WG a bunch of times on work trips when staying at the Biltmore (loved the old mural in the lobby) or working in an office across the street.
        I still have nightmares about spilling a luggage-carrier load of boxes of papers all over the intersection between the office and the hotel.

        Also a chinese place (Mon Kee?) not too far away.

        1. re: The Office Goat

          'I still have nightmares about spilling a luggage-carrier load of boxes of papers all over the intersection between the office and the hotel.'

          That's why you're called 'The Office Goat'..

          1. re: Beach Chick

            Depo exhibits all over the crosswalk, and the light changing ... ugh. 20 years ago but it's still with me.

            Fortunately my moniker is more of a gastronomic reference (also, I was all alone in the street except for the traffic, so nobody knew). ;-)

            1. re: The Office Goat

              Sorry Goat guy, I couldn't resist.
              I bet you re-live that scenario everyday.

        2. re: Fake Name

          Water Grill (DTLA) has seen it's better days many many years ago.

          And sadly, the new Santa Monica location is even worse.

          If past performance is any indication of future performance, this new iteration of Water Grill in DTSD/Gaslamp will rival Long John Silvers.

          1. re: ipsedixit

            In what respects do you think Water Grill in LA has gone downhill?

            1. re: ipsedixit

              Doesn't happen very often but I agree with ipse - Water Grill was good many years ago (mainly under Cimarusti) but if the current quality will also be part of the SD restaurant we will just have another overhyped (can't wait for the daily updates on SDEater, I wonder how much the restaurants pay for the"ads") and overpriced but underwhelming SD restaurant.

              1. re: honkman

                Plato once said:

                Some things in life are bad
                They can really make you sad
                Other things just make you swear and curse
                When you're chewing on life's gristle
                Don't grumble, give a whistle
                And this'll help things turn out for the best...

                ...always look on the bright side
                of life...

                Always look on the light side
                of life...

                1. re: Fake Name

                  Come on you can do better than that

                    1. re: Fake Name

                      Sounds more like spam. . .A lot. . .

                    2. re: honkman

                      Doesn't happen very often but I agree with ipse ...

                      We broke the Internet, honkman.

                      There was some talk about Cimarusti doing something in La Jolla, but nothing came of it. All the better, more time to focus on Providence.

                      1. re: ipsedixit

                        Damn right you two broke the internet!

                        I look forward to dining at the raw bar with a couple cold ones..

                        Ipsy, I'll buy the first round!

                        1. re: Beach Chick

                          Ipsy, I'll buy the first round!

                          Hmmm, I think I might prefer cleaning your fridge, BC. With my own toothbrush.


                          1. re: ipsedixit

                            Deal. .
                            But that includes wiping down my stainless steel sink too..

                            CC&R's do not permit French Maids'll have to leave that at home...hee hee

                2. BTW: Lou & Mickeys is still a King's brand. They just couldn't sell the finer dining of Royale. Good for them- changing and surviving.