Storefront Report: Restaurant-arcade seeks to open in former Echo Park shoe store [updated]

ECHO PARK —  Someone wants to turn the former Warehouse Shoe Sale store on Sunset Boulevard into a nearly 4,000-square foot restaurant with a penny arcade, according to documents filed with the Planning Department.

It’s not clear who is behind the new venture but the owners of the restaurant-arcade are seeking city permission to convert the now vacant retail space at  Sunset Boulevard and Douglas Street into a restaurant that would serve beer and wine, according to city records.  The proposed restaurant is in the same minimall where Domino’s Pizza opened a new “pizza-theater” style store last year.

The application to open the restaurant-arcade surfaced a few months after a similar venture tried to get city permission to open in a former Sunset Boulevard laundry.  That effort fell through but it’s not clear if the same owners are involved with this new restaurant.

* Update: Gabe Fowlkes, who had tried to open a restaurant-arcade in the laundry, is now involved in this new location at Sunset and Douglas. “We are excited about the space and the opportunity to continue in Echo Park,” he said via email. ” We look forward to going back to [the neighborhood council and groups]  and our neighbors to share our updated plans based on the new location and previous dialogue. ”

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  1. Hell yeah! So excited to see this project resurfaced again. Still kind of pissed that Mitch O’ “acquired” their last location but should be great for this emptier part of Echo to have some life and activity. Plus glad to see this go in because with activity and lights on around there it should be safer than the dark emptiness it has been for a while. It will also be nice to have another option right next to Dodger stadium…. plus ARCADE. Love it.

    Let me know how I can help!

  2. Arcades are coming back strongly. I was very disappointed that the original proposal was shut down. With the great success of “82” in the Arts District, I would love to have our own barcade in Echo Park. Good Luck Gabe! Screw you, Mitch the Bitch!

  3. This will be great for Echo Park!! I really hope this happens. What a great concept and the perfect neighborhood for it.

  4. You know all the homies guna b up in therr
    Kickin it . Wee bout to run run that spot loc
    Que no .. HAHAHAHA ..

    • I iz to gunna run run to therr, 2 playd da gamez derp

    • Great, El Lobo! Everyone is welcomed (as long as you are patronizing the business)! Start saving your quarters! HAHAHAHA!

    • Ooh, Gangsters vs. Hipsters?! What a fascinating storyline. I don’t think anyone has considered that interesting dynamic of the neighborhood before. Are all the gangsters poor Mexicans and all the hipsters rich white people? How will they ever find common ground, Lobo?

      Of course! It’s all so simple. Why didn’t we think of this before? Thanks, Lobo!

  5. Although I’m really excited about this concept, deep-down I really just want this ugly strip mall to get razed.

  6. tkandthesnowbears

    I just hope they have more than 1 street fighter/ Mortal Kombat

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