Echo Park’s bustling night life has drawn complaints about rowdy crowds and made the neighborhood a popular spot for LAPD sobriety check points. But, if anything, the sidewalks of Sunset Boulevard will become more crowded after hours as a mix of new and old Echo Park business owners seek to tap into the night life economy. Tonight, Echo Park’s neighborhood council is scheduled to review a request of support from Rodeo Grill to sell a full line of alcohol and remain open until 1 AM. The Sunset Boulevard Mexican restaurant, however, would face a lot of competition for Echo Park club goers and night owls. If the city and state grant all the current requests, more than 20 Echo Park bars and restaurants on or near Sunset Boulevard will be pouring everything from $2.50 margaritas to $15 glasses of wine late into the night.
Two blocks east of Rodeo Grill, Lot 1 Cafe at Sunset Boulevard and Laveta Terrace applied to serve beer and wine indoors and outdoors until 1 AM and to serve food until 4 AM. Meanwhile, on the western edge of Echo Park’s Sunset Strip, El Camino, a new 216-seat supper club now under construction in the former Studio One theater, filed a request with the city to serve a full line of alcoholic drinks as part of a restaurant with live music that would remain open until 2 AM, except on Sundays when it would close at 1 AM.
On Glendale Boulevard near the Sunset Boulevard bridge, It’s Thai wants to sell beer and wine to its customers. But the restaurant’s patrons apparently like to retire early. Beer and alcohol would be served only until 10 PM.