Sneak peek: Resident, a new indoor/outdoor venue in DTLA

The facade of Resident in downtown L.A. (Photo courtesy of Resident)
The facade of Resident in downtown L.A. (Photo courtesy of Resident)

If you’ve ever been clubbing or show-going in Austin, you know Texans like their combination indoor/outdoor spaces.

That’s roughly the model for Resident, a versatile new space scheduled to open in the Arts District of downtown Los Angeles in December. A couple of weeks ago, Resident quietly established a Facebook page and invited sign-ups for its newsletter.

The rustic space, at 428 S. Hewitt St. (down the block from Urth Caffé), is described as “a hybrid music venue and beer garden evoking the beer garden and live music culture of East Austin, with a curated craft beer and cocktail program.”

It’s the brainchild of Larry Little, Jacek Ostoya, Paul Oberman and Tim Krehbiel, who have plans to program “traditional and non-traditional music, comedy and DJs,” according to a representative of the venue. Inside, Resident is a 200-capacity music venue, which will be booked by Duncan Smith (ex-Spaceland Presents). The bougainvillea-edged beer garden accommodates 300 people, with a bar operating out of a vintage Spartan trailer. Randy Tarlow of Liquid Alchemist is charged with overseeing the bar/cocktail menu. There’s a rooftop area as well.

The venue is scheduled to open Friday, Dec. 11, with a show featuring Mystery Skulls and Wes Period.

Construction is ongoing and the space is not yet ready for its close-up, but some of the images provided by the venue might give you an idea.