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Urban Radish, A Gourmet Grocer, Is Open in Downtown L.A.

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The Arts District really does seem like the place to be in L.A.'s culinary scene these days. Between Bestia, Handsome Roasters, Bread Lounge and the upcoming project from Eleven Madison Park's chef David Nayfeld, there's just a ton to eat. And now there's a place for all the dwellers to shop called Urban Radish.

The grocer is located across from The Biscuit Company and Toy Factory Lofts, is offering fresh, seasonal produce as well as meats, seafood, dairy, deli items, and pastries. There's even an outdoor seating area for chowing down, just like at Whole Foods. Owners and downtown dwellers Keri Aivazis and Carolyn Paxton wanted to create a casual, community-oriented location for sustainable shopping.

Urban Radish was so popular on it's soft opening date over the Fourth of July weekend that lines snaked to the back of the store.

Says Brigham Yen:

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At just over 8,000 square feet large — about half the size of a typical Trader Joe’s — the market still manages to feel spacious due to the soaring high ceilings allowing for a bright and airy feel. Urban Radish took over a large industrial warehouse and maintains many of the rustic aesthetic qualities, like polished concrete floors and exposed ducts, that remind shoppers they’re still in the Arts District.

No doubt the prices will remind them of that too. It's hardly the place for starving artists to live anymore.