Mohawk Bend, a sprawling restaurant and bar located a former Sunset Boulevard movie house, will open June 28, the largest and most ambitious of a string of new eating and drinking establishments to open in Echo Park in recent years. The restaurant will include two bar areas, a sidewalk patio and the Ramona Room – named after the theater that once occupied the space – with a soaring ceiling, skylights and fireplace. Owner Tony Yanow, who is also involved in a proposed brewery in Atwater Village, said in a press release:
“We’re so excited to open in Echo Park and be a part of the Eastside community,” said owner Tony Yanow, who lives in nearby Los Feliz. “With Mohawk Bend, we are really hoping to create a neighborhood restaurant and bar and one that shows our commitment to California with all of the California-based products we use, from our 100-percent California beer, wine and cocktail program to the local, organic ingredients in the kitchen.”
The restaurant has not been without its critics, including nearby neighbors concerned about noise and traffic. Then there is that sign out front.
How big is Mohawk Bend? The restaurant will be able to seat as many as 234 customers in dining areas and and pub, according to a restaurant spokeswoman. That’s big but still not as big as one of Echo Park’s oldest restaurants, Taix, which can seat 240 people in its dining room and lounge and an additional 320 persons in banquet rooms, said owner Mike Taix