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Meet Timothy Krehbiel

Today we’d like to introduce you to Timothy Krehbiel.

Hi Timothy, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
My wife Bridget and I purchased an abandoned warehouse in the arts district in 2001. Both being artists we, used the build for our personal use and our residence until 2014 when we partnered with Paul Oberman and Jacek Ostoya to create “Resident” on the first floor and the exterior garden space. When opened in 2016.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
It definitely has not been a smooth road. The challenges of permitting and building a from scratch bar and music venue in a warehouse zoned for manufacturing are complicated and costly. Especially from the DIY approach we’ve always had. Additionally trying to eek out a profit from a small capacity room and a bar in a location that has yet to grow into itself has been difficult. We have been well received but rely heavily on point of destination guests for our survival. Now, with the Pandemic and being closed for over a year, it will be interesting to see what the business landscape holds for us. That being said, we’re optimistic that the reset will give us a chance to come back in an improved and more profitable way.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I studied to be an architect at Sci-Arc back in the 80’s. A vital time for me and the City of Los Angeles. Then I found myself unemployed in the early 90’s and turned my hobby of car restoration into an income. Later I went on to manage a team of people restoring a private collection of wood station wagons from the 1930’s and 40’s. The “Nick Alexander Collection”. I always wanted to get back to building and the opportunity with the creation of Resident seemed like a natural transition back into architecture. To what end, I’m still not sure but it’s been an adventure to say the least. I think I’m most proud of what we’ve done here on our own, in a grassroots sort of way, without influence from corporate trends, etc.

Contact Info:

  • Email: info@residentdtla.com
  • Website: residentdtla.com
  • Instagram: residentdtla

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