Glendale Boulevard view of new building concept. Courtesy Spacecraft Group.
After returning to the drawing board for the third time, developer Sammy Kahen has come back with a new contemporary-design and new designer for a proposed Echo Park restaurant and commercial building on Glendale Boulevard. In this most recent go-around, Kahen hired high-profile restaurant designer Kristofer Keith of Spacecraft Group to come up with a concept for a small commercial building he wants to construct on a triangular parcel at Glendale Boulevard and Montana Street. Spacecraft created the look for another Echo Park restaurant, Mohawk Bend, that has become a neighborhood hot spot.
Despite finding a new restaurant designer, Kahen is still looking for a restaurant and other tenants to fill his yet-to-be-constructed building, according to a spokeswoman for Spacecraft.
Kahen’s two previous architects has envisioned a more conventional-style buildings that did not find many fans or tenants. A second version, which featured a roof top dining terrace, also did not pick up much support. “It’s not inspiring at all,” said one person when Kahen and his previous architect unveiled the second concept last April.
Spacecraft has abandoned the strip mall Spanish look for a “very industrial concept with steel and concrete materials throughout,” according to a company statement. The concept includes room for an 850-square-foot cafe, 2,100-square-foot restaurant and 2,400-square-foot roof deck. Previous versions have also included space for other shops.
Spacecraft has a track record for creating restaurants that attract attention. Now it remains to be seen if this design will attract a tenant.
Second concept with rooftop deck.
New concept by Spacecraft