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Gourmet Spins On Comfort Classics At The Revamped Public School 213

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The menu at downtown's relaunched Public School 213 will make you actually want to go back to school. That is, if your school cafeteria served killer gourmet eats.

Formerly known as Public School 612, the chef-driven gastropub has expanded to take over downtown's Daily Grill, and is relaunching next week as Public School 213 with a deliciously revamped menu. One of four other Public School locations in Southern California—distinguished by their local area codes, hence the change from the 612 street address—the remodeled outpost sits in the heart of Downtown L.A. at the corner of Flower and W. 6th streets. Starting Monday, the full-service restaurant will feature gourmet upgrades to comfort classics, as well as special eats like Frito Pie (yes, a Fritos pizza!) and other dishes available only at the new location.

The restaurant takes their school theme very seriously. From the gigantic ruler decorations, to the blackboard menus, microscopes, and world globes sitting on the shelves, there's some sort of school-related paraphernalia everywhere you turn. The cocktail napkins look like notebook paper. The menus are composition notebooks and happy hour is known as "Recess." Oversized bottles of select beers to share are for "Study Groups." To-go orders are dubbed "Homework" and leftovers are known as "Incomplete Homework Assignments." There';s also shuffleboard, beer pong, and a giant Jenga set. LAist was invited to preview the new location before it officially opens to the public on August 10.

Fan favorites like the Bacon Cheddar Tots with Sriracha ketchup and Lamb Burger will still be available at the revamped location, but Executive Chef Phil Kastel is also debuting six items exclusive to the 213 location. Patrons can try the following new items: Irish Stout Short Rib Shepherds Pie, roasted veggie calzone with wild mushrooms and broccoli, roasted chicken and quinoa salad with champagne vinaigrette, and seared rare ahi tuna sandwich. There's also the new Schoolyard Dog, which is a beef hot dog wrapped in applewood smoked bacon served in a lobster roll bun. Perhaps the most eyebrow-raising of the exclusive items is the surprisingly tasty Frito Pie, which is a hand-tossed pizza with house-made chili, provolone, pickled jalapenos, topped with Frito chips. And to quench your thirst, Public School 213 offers beverages that you definitely wouldn't have found in your school cafeteria, including a rotating selection of 20 beers on tap, as well as cocktails and a full wine list.

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Public School 213 is located at 612 Flower Street in Los Angeles, (213) 622-4500.