On Tuesday April 30th, the new Downey Gateway Center held its Grand Opening Celebration as the City officially welcomed the center, its tenants and Westland Real Estate Group to Downey.
The event was attended by residents, Mayor Mario Guerra, Councilman Alex Saab, Councilman Luis Marquez, Councilman Fernando Vasquez, Westland Real Estate Group’s Yanki Greenspan, Chamber of Commerce President Patricia Kotze, Chamber member Leigh Clausen, Fire Chief Lonnie Croom, Police Chief Carl Charles, City Manager Gilbert Livas, Director of Community Development Brian Saeki, and Jessica Aguirre, the reigning Miss Downey and her Princesses.
Mayor Guerra welcomed Yanki Greenspan and Westland Real Estate Group as he addressed the attending residents and presented him with an official certificate form the city. Welcomes and certificates were also extended to the owners and management of the cities newest restaurants at the Gateway center. The Grand Opening also included a DJ, a raffle and a magician.
Downey’s residents have really responded to the new restaurants at the Gateway. The center is also bringing a lot of out of town dollars to the city. The common complaint is the parking. Well, there is some relief in that area. Downey’s Director of Community Development Brian Saeki has been working very closely with Westland Real Estate Group from the early stages of the project. He suggests there are several public parking lots available to patrons in the immediate area including the parking lot in front of Fresh and Easy and the 4-story parking structure on Second St. Greenspan also suggested that some of the centers employees will be parking off site, so that will free up a lot of space on the property.
The new tenants include,
- Pacific Fish Grill
- Fresh Cutt Carving Grill
- Round Table Pizza
- Starfish Sushi
- Waba Grill
- Burger City Grill
- Noodle World
- KB Beauty
- U.S. Armed Forces
Starfish Sushi and Noodle World will be open soon. All of the others are open and doing great business! If you have not yet been to the Downey Gateway, I think you will like all of the different food choices. It is one of those places you can go to when you are hungry and make up your mind on what to eat once you get there.