The video game enthusiasts who wanted to open up a combination restaurant-bar-arcade in a former Echo Park laundromat have given up on the Sunset Boulevard storefront, setting their sights on a different location. So, what’s going into the former Laundromat on Sunset? Councilman Mitch O’Farrell wants to lease the nearly 4,000-square-foot space for the Council District 13 field office, according to a City Council motion.
The current Council District 13 field office, which is located on the fourth floor of an office building in Hollywood, lacks on-site parking for guests and street level access, according to the motion. The Echo Park location apparently is more convenient. Says the motion:
Council District 13 has identified suitable office space at 1722 W. Sunset Boulevard that will provide street level access and convenient parking in a City-owned parking lot. Council District 13, along with the Department of General Services, has been working with the landlord of the proposed new building to develop a draft term sheet for a lease agreement.
The city would pay more than $12,000 a month for rent and maintenance for the Echo Park space, according to proposed lease terms. The motion does not say how that cost compares to what the city currently pays for the Hollywood space.
Meanwhile, the people behind the proposed restaurant-bar-arcade said they are looking at another space in Echo Park.
“We are currently finalizing a lease on a great new space in a different area of Echo Park,” said Gabe Fowlkes. “We really appreciate all the support and encouragement we’ve received from local residents and business owners and we remain committed to bringing Echo Park our unique mix of quality food and vintage arcade games.”