With Locol on his thoughts, Daniel Patterson opens a restaurant and coffee shop in West Adams


Alta Adams, the new West Adams restaurant by chef Daniel Patterson, is not technically connected to Locol, the rapidly-meals notion he opened in Watts 3 years ago with Roy Choi.

But in spirit, the similarities are clear: Each are situated in historically underserved communities, with affordably priced menus created to appeal to African American prospects. When it opens Thursday, Alta Adams’ employees will include things like half a dozen former Locol workers chef Keith Corbin was a line cook there just before operating his way up to develop into kitchen manager.

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A earlier version of this story referred to as the adjoining restaurant Alta Coffee Shop. It is Adams Coffee Shop.

The hyperlink is so robust, Patterson says, that “we believe of it as a sister restaurant.”

Through a stroll-by means of final month of the space and in subsequent interviews, the two regularly mention Locol, which in August shut its remaining two restaurants to concentrate on catering. They’ve spent a lot of time reflecting on the formidable hurdles it faced, and say they’ve applied these lessons to Alta Adams and the adjoining Adams Coffee Shop, which opened final week.


Alta Adams and Adams Coffee Shop.

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Amongst the takeaways, according to Corbin: “Patience. Education. Covering our bases, just producing positive that the group is on board, and we do not open as well early and we do not open just before we’re prepared.”

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Patterson hopes the two firms will be a hub for the neighborhood initially and foremost, but also a draw for residents outdoors the instant location — some thing Locol struggled with soon after its initial opening drew hordes of curious diners to Watts from about L.A.

“When we began Locol, we began from ground zero in terms of expertise and that was possibly far more of a challenge than we realized going in,” Patterson says. “So 1 factor that is diverse is, soon after 3 years, there’s understanding and communication and shared understanding that we worked difficult at.”


Chefs Keith Corbin, left, and Daniel Patterson sitting in 1 of the booths at Alta Adams.

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Alta Adams is the second Los Angeles restaurant venture for the Bay Region-primarily based restaurateur, ideal recognized for his 3-Michelin-starred seafood spot Coi close to the Embarcadero, and is the most up-to-date addition to his Alta Group. The restaurant empire also contains the restaurants Aster, Besharam and Kaya in San Francisco and Dyafa and Plum Bar in Oakland.

For Alta Adams, Patterson bypassed Hollywood and other buzzy neighborhoods, settling as an alternative on a corner of West Adams Boulevard and South Burnside Avenue. There are a couple of beauty salons, churches and auto shops nearby, as effectively as a CrossFit fitness center, but not considerably in the way of complete-service restaurants.

“It just felt proper right here,” Patterson says. “The proper space, the proper neighborhood, the proper time.”

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Patterson gravitates toward such overlooked places, frustrated by the inequities he sees amongst diverse social groups and neighborhoods about the nation. He is motivated, he says, by the notion of shared humanity.

“I get asked a lot, ‘Why do you care?’ and I say, ‘Why do not you care?’ ” he says. “People who have privilege have a moral duty to do what they can to attempt and make the globe about them far more equitable by means of their actions.”

Surrounded by far more affluent places and with a big quantity of mom-and-pop shops, West Adams, Corbin says, reminds him of his hometown of Watts.

“It’s an location that necessary some chance and we came in the very same way we went into Watts: what the neighborhood wanted and not what we wanted to impose on them,” Corbin says.


Chef Keith Corbin in the kitchen at Alta Adams. He worked as a line cook at Locol just before getting promoted to kitchen manager.

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He and Patterson have knocked on doors and asked their new neighbors what they’d like in a restaurant. They note that the host of Alta Adams is a 65-year-old lifelong West Adams resident who had lived a block away for 46 years just before getting evicted from his household not too long ago.

“There’s a duty to be respectful,” Patterson says. “You cannot quit how neighborhoods evolve, but you can set a marker for intention.”

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Sandwiched amongst Culver City and Jefferson Park, and just south of the 10 Freeway, West Adams lies in a geographically favorable component of the city, with the possible to draw prospects from quite a few adjacent neighborhoods and crosstown commuters.

Whereas Locol focused on burgers and folded tacos ordered at a counter, the Alta Adams menu is constructed about what Corbin calls “California soul.” It contains cornbread, grilled pork collar, seared oxtail, and black-eyed pea fritters with an herb sauce — “almost like a hush puppy in a sense,” he says — with almost all dishes priced amongst $three and $23 and a lot of bigger dishes intended to be shared.


Pork collar with chow chow relish is plated by Alta Adams chef Keith Corbin.

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Patterson “gave me the go-ahead to start out experimenting and I began carrying out soul meals with expressive fresh vegetables and herbs. It was taking some thing I adore and enhancing it with fresh goods, taking some thing that is old and producing it new once again,” says Corbin, who discovered to cook from his grandmother and honed his cooking abilities through a stint in prison for armed robbery.

Alta Adams is open for dinner only. Adams Coffee Shop is open for breakfast and lunch, and serves meals such as pastries, sandwiches and a beef shank stew more than red beans and rice. With its lengthy communal table and the perform of regional artists adorning the walls, the coffee shop space could be made use of at evening for neighborhood events, open-mike nights and poetry readings, Patterson says.

Alta Adams

Exactly where: 5359 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles

When: five-10 p.m. Monday by means of Thursday, five-10:30 p.m. Friday by means of Sunday

Information: (323) 571-4999, www.altaadams.com, @altarestaurant

Adams Coffee Shop

Exactly where: 5357 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles

When: 7 a.m. to four p.m. everyday

Information: www.adamscoffeeshop.com, @adamscoffeeshop

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