The French Market, a classic West Hollywood landmark long slated for redevelopment, finally broke ground today.
The project, located on the corner of Santa Monica Blvd. and Laurel Ave., incorporates the original French Market structure with new construction on the adjacent lot.
The French Market’s rich history stretches back to the 1930s. The building once housed the famous French Quarter restaurant, a center of gay rights and AIDS activism, which shuttered in 2015.
The property was acquired by Faring, which originally planned to demolish the historic structure. Public outcry led to the hybrid design that is set to be built.
The reborn French Market will include into two restaurants, a subterranean bar, office space and retail.
The groundbreaking ceremony was attended by West Hollywood Mayor Lauren Meister, Mayor Pro Tem Sepi Shyne and Councilmember Lindsey Horvath.