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10.28.2011
Open> Restaurant
Mohawk Bend by Spacecraft is the newest hipster enclave in Los Angeles.
Angela Kohler

Mohawk Bend
2141 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles
Tel: 213.483.2337
Architect: Spacecraft

The latest hipster enclave has arrived in Echo Park. Mohawk Bend is a retrofit of a 100-year-old Vaudeville theater that had been sitting empty for over 25 years. The architects, the busy firm Spacecraft, separated the 10,000-square-foot eatery into several distinct, and industrial-vibed spaces: the Quad, an informal eating area with a cathedral ceiling and views of the open kitchen; the Pub, a boisterous communal eating area surrounded by exposed steel; and the Ramona Room, the restaurant’s main dining room, an enclosed atrium full of original brick, plantings, and vaulted skylights. The glass wall abutting this room is an arresting, gridded quilt of opaque, translucent and transparent glass that evokes the area’s Modernist masterpieces. Spacecraft owner Kristofer Keith convinced the restaurant’s owner to build out the whole space instead of a smaller section of it: “I told him don’t become a place in Echo Park, become the place in Echo Park,” he said.

Sam Lubell