Business Interruption Fund spotlight: FE Design & Consulting

FE Design & Consulting is located at the entrance of the Japanese Village Plaza along 2nd St. of the Little Tokyo area of the Regional Connector. It was established more than 10 years ago by Eddie Navarrette as a consulting firm helping restaurateurs navigate the city and county permitting processes. Mr. Navarrette has extensive experience in this field having worked in restaurants his whole life. He is proud of the business he has built since first starting out of his apartment in the 1990’s.

FE Design & Consulting assists restaurant owners with architecture plans, zoning analysis, land use services, kitchen design and other tasks necessary to open a successful business. The firm has worked with many local clients including Chef Josian Citrin of Melisse, a two Michelin Star Award-winning restaurant, and Chef Niki Nakayama of n/naka, who was featured on the Netflix series “The Chef’s Table.” Mr. Navarrette provides an extraordinary level of customer service from start to finish, often representing clients during inspections and site visits. He is happy to help local business owners make their dreams come true.

Due to the construction activities that occurred on 2nd St. earlier on the Regional Connector, construction impacts and noise disturbances made it difficult for FE Design & Consulting to conduct business as usual from their offices. “It wasn’t easy for my business to operate in its full capacity with the limited access of our building and noise generated from construction, so when Metro (literally) came knocking at my door to tell us about the BIF it could not have come at a better time!! We were blown away by the initiative Metro took to make sure that neighborhood businesses stayed active during construction,” said Mr. Navarrette.

FE Design & Consulting is located at 327 E. 2nd St., Suite 222, Los Angeles, CA  90012.  For more information, please visit or call (213) 687-6963.

Metro’s Business Interruption Fund (BIF) provides financial assistance to small “mom and pop” businesses directly impacted by transit rail construction along the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project, the Little Tokyo area of the Regional Connector, and Purple Line Extension Section 1, Section 2 and Section 3. For more information about the BIF, visit  To apply for a BIF grant, visit Pacific Coast Regional Small Business Development Corporation (PCR) at

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