Grand Central Market | Press Coverage | Los Angeles Times | By Makeda Easter It's been 100 years since downtown L.A.'s Grand Central Market first opened its doors.
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Grand Central Market celebrates 100 years with a giant cake, free Angel's Flight rides and music
October 27, 2017

By Makeda Easter 

It's been 100 years since downtown L.A.'s Grand Central Market first opened its doors. Owner Adele Yellin and city officials celebrated the occasion Friday with a massive 100-layer cake (made with 390 pounds of butter), free rides on the recently reopened historic railway, Angels Flight, and live music.

Before addressing the crowd of hundreds, Mayor Eric Garcetti weaved through the market, making his way from the Broadway Street entrance over to Hill Street. He walked past new and established vendors, past the ever-snaking line at Eggslut, the falafel shop Madcapra and up the stairs by the China Cafe as a band played jazz in front of a recently created neon art installation.

Garcetti began with an anecdote of visiting the market with family in his youth. "All of us have those stories, coming here … to experience the taste and see the incredible diversity of this city," Garcetti said.

The diversity in food choices at Grand Central Market represents the essence of the city, said L.A. Assemblyman Miguel Santiago. "The ability of different cultures to work together to be side by side, this is what makes this great city beautiful." 

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