Echo Park restaurant owner now seeking to become Atwater brewmaster*

Businessman and beer aficionado Tony Yanow has not even opened up his giant new Echo Park restaurant, Mohawk Bend, but is already involved in the start up of an even more ambitious project in North Atwater Village:  a 100,000-barrel a year brewery and 150 seat restaurant. Last month, Yanow spoke about the project, located in an industrial strip off San Fernando Road and the 134 Freeway, before the Atwater Village Chamber of Commerce, and his name appears on a state license application to operate a “small beer manufacturer.” “We are very supportive of this particular project,” said Luis Lopez, board secretary for the Atwater chamber. “We think it will be an added bonus to our community.”

There is a lot of beer business brewing across the Eastside. Eagle Rock Brewery, which is located in Glassell Park about three miles south of Yanow’s planned beer factory and restaurant, started production of craft beers in late 2009.  In Echo Park,  the owners of  Eagle Rock’s Colorado Wine Co. plan to open  Sunset Beer, stocked with about 1,000 bottles of beer, this year.  Last month, a supply store for home brewers opened in Eagle Rock.

What does Yanow and partners have planned for their brewing and restaurant, which would be part of a trio of large industrial sheds now painted in primary yellow, red and blue? The Eastsider is seeking comment. But there’s a hint in some of the job postings on homebrewer.com:

There will be an onsite production building and restaurant where your most creative beers will be sent. A 15 bbl system will accommodate the rare beers, many of which have the ability to be aged in what will become one of the largest temperature controlled barrel rooms in the country. The two high-volume SKUs will be brewed on a separate, larger system, to be built by the brewer and our engineering team with the ability to get us to 100,000 bbls in the current facility, if needed.

*Update: Yanow in an email said that “the owners and management of the brewery are not ready to make an announcement yet.”


  1. Maybe the signage will be less ugly at the new place…

    I think I’m looking forward to the place…

    but the name “Mohawk Bend” is a little off-putting/fratty (as well as being the name of one of the deadliest curves in echo park)

    and that signage is somewhere between crappy/cheap and trying to look fancy…

    But I think I might have had (apparently) hopeful expectations about some sort of renovation that brought back the historic qualities of the theatre and served as a centerpiece for that stretch of Sunset.

    Sure, sure, everybody’s a critic… But It’s not like I don’t enjoy pizza and craft beer 🙂

  2. i’m about to offer to design the poor guy a real logo/sign for trade. that thing is hideous!

  3. Agreed…I am looking forward to checking it out once it opens, but that sign is the worst.

  4. Come on now people…. clearly the most important part of this article is how the building LOOKS.

    This is going to be AWESOME! I look forward to having more and more good stuff come to the east side. Not to mention more jobs, and LA-born beer.

  5. The consistency of the scornful comments on this website are almost comforting. It’s a reliable standby, like the outbursts of that one really angry uncle at Thanksgiving. Except directed at anything that happens in Echo Park.

  6. That sign is awful and worthy of criticism (but hopeful about the place!)

  7. firebrick red --

    And are they actually painting the marquee the color of the brick??? wth?

  8. hey local, if you don’t care if your neighborhood is inundated with bad design, Glendale is just up the 2.

    that craptastic logo has to be the work of the owner or maybe an owner’s juvenile relative. kris keith of spacecraft has a much more discerning eye than would proffer that atrocity.

  9. Sometimes there are more or less informed and reasoned differences of opinion on design here – but we may agree the sign is saying not as promising as may be hoped

  10. I like that they kept the old marquee and I like the logo, but that brick color has got to go.

  11. You are all missing the point here. There is a brewery being installed in Atwater!!!
    I am thrilled about this.

    To all you haters and butchers of the English language, what would this blog be without you?

  12. The brewery might be in atwater, but its further than most parts of glendale. its practically in burbank. congrats burbank for getting a brewery.

    mohawk bend sign is a poor show. i hope they use axe’s to chop the pizza’s with! chop chop!!!

  13. Scott Piotrowski

    (bad grammar copied / pasted in the below quote)
    its practically in burbank. congrats burbank for getting a brewery.

    It’s only “practically in Burbank” if you are coming from West LA. Did you even look at the map. It’s much closer to Highland Park and Eagle Rock than Burbank. Either way, as a patron of Tony’s Darts Away (which is actually IN Burbank), and a resident of Glassell Park which this new location will actually abut, and a lover of better craft beer, I am anxious to see what Tony and his crew can do. Clearly, Los Angeles is putting itself on the beer map, and the heart of it all is in NELA. Congratulations Tony, and best of luck.

  14. Apostrophe’s should be used with possessive’s, not plural’s (methink’s).

    Burbank/ Glendale/ Atwater….Santa Monica or San Diego for that matter- it’s closer than Brooklyn – or Belgium. As far as beer goes- it’s pretty local….

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