Grand Central Market Celebrates its 100th Anniversary

Grand Central Market is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year! The 30,000-square-foot open-air arcade of food vendors opened in 1917. At the time it was declared “the largest and finest public market on the Pacific Coast.” Standing at the intersection of culture and cuisine, the market’s transformation continues as food truck sensation Eggslut and Golden Road Brewery take up residence beside icons like 60-year-old China Cafe.

Grand Central Market offers 37 vendors that will satisfy any flavor you seek, from prepared food to grocery essentials to spirits and sweet treats (try a scoop of McConnell’s Fine Ice Cream), and a summer-long calendar of events.

Though still a major thoroughfare in central Los Angeles, Broadway was once the principal commercial and entertainment corridor of downtown. In the early-to-mid twentieth century, if you were to look west to Bunker Hill, you’d see stately Victorian mansions and residents flocking to Grand Central Market to shop for their week’s supply of groceries.

In 1984, downtown visionary Ira Yellin, a successful developer, bought Grand Central Market and some adjacent properties, including the Million Dollar Theater and landmark Bradbury Building across the street. By continually vetting the roster of vendors and adding curated events that bring the community together, Yellin’s legacy to champion the needs of a vibrant downtown is carried out to this day.


Dale Kranz

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