Dining Design Diary: Mohawk Bend in Echo Park


L.A.-based design firm Spacecraft has ruled the Hollywood club scene for the last half decade. If you’ve drank somewhere in Hollywood in the last few years, chances are you were drinking in a space designed by Kris Keith and his cohorts, from their updated take on a 50s diner at Kitchen 24 to the art dec- inspired delux to the low-key subway tile-inflected Bowery bar.

But one of the most eagerly awaited has been the much-delayed transformation of the Ramona theater on the corner of Sunset and Alvarado in Echo Park. The 10,000 square foot space is opening next week as restaurant and bar Mohawk Bend. The adaptive reuse space features a mural of textured glass windows, polished concrete floors, exposed original brick work and extensive metal work.

To make the expansive space feel more intimate, the restaurant was divided into four zones. After passing the covered patio and hostess station, the first dining area is the “quad” featuring large wooden booths. Further in, there are two bars (one with 75 beers on tap, the other serving food). The restaurant aims to please both vegan and non-vegans alike (with separate kitchens), catering to the eclectic neighborhood. Beyond the bar is the two-story glass mosaic wall, a fireplace, skylight and the fourth seating area. According to Spacecraft, the only part of the restaurant it didn’t work on was the exterior signage and facade, protected by historical regulations. The restaurant opened yesterday, serving dinner seven nights a week and plans to eventually begin lunch service as well.


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