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Meet Cory Hathaway of Los Angeles Athletic Club in Downtown

Today we’d like to introduce you to Cory Hathaway.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
LAAC was founded in 1880. In 1882 my Great Great Great Grandfather and his son, Frank Garbutt joined. In the early 1900’s Frank Garbutt organized a group of investors to build the 12 story clubhouse on 7th and Olive what we occupy today. Since then our family has been involved in running LAAC and the California Yacht Club in Marina Del Rey. I became involved in the club operations 18 years ago and currently oversee the marketing and f&b operations of LAAC.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Transitioning a large club to appeal to a new demographic as people began to move into downtown la was a challenge. Prior to this shift if used to a more residential population LAAC had been focused on the people within the traditional bunker hill industries.

Please tell us about Los Angeles Athletic Club.
We strive to showcase our rich club history and contrast it with contemporary programming and design. One of the projects combines those elements well is a room we created called the Blue Room. This is a hidden whiskey bar behind a concealed bookcase/doorway that has a lot of historic images and artifacts from the clubs history combined with a 50 bottle whiskey list and special cocktail list.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Sailing on my parent’s boat around Catalina during summers and going to Mammoth with the family during the winter to snowboard.


  • Membership dues range in price from $122 – $185 per month.
  • Hotel rooms start at $209
  • Catering events can accommodate budgets starting at $500

Contact Info:

  • Address: 431 West 7th street
  • Website:
  • Phone: 213-625-2211
  • Email:
  • Instagram: @losangelesathleticclub
  • Facebook: losangelesathleticclub
  • Twitter: laac
  • Yelp: Los Angeles Athletic Club
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Image Credit:
@antonio Life & Thyme

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