The overwhelming saturation of Los Angeles’s restaurant scene has started to catch up to the industry, as large-scale closures like Tartine, Cal Mare, and A-Frame have hit the culinary world in the past six months. While the struggles for profitability within the hospitality industry are a constant, Downtown LA hot spot and Eater LA’s 2019 Design of the Year winner V DTLA is using a blend of sociology and technology to stay successful.

V DTLA’s gorgeous space was designed by Swedish firm Livit, which has worked to help open thousands of restaurants around the world — from branches of IHOP to trendy spots like Pacha in Ibiza. The group’s primary focus is to blend design and technology to enhance profit margins for restaurants — all while keeping customers happily engaged in eating, drinking, and spending money inside.

Social experimentation is nothing new to the…

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