The wait is still not over for Echo Park beer lovers

Two new Sunset Boulevard establishments – Sunset Beer and Mohawk Bend – have promised to leave Echo Park awash in new artisan beers and specialty brews. But opening those businesses has taken longer than expected.  On the west end of Echo Park, Mohawk Bend, a large new restaurant and bar with 72 taps of beer, cancelled plans to open this week and is now scheduled to open next month, according to Echo Park Now.  Meanwhile, several blocks east on Sunset, new signs have been erected above the minimall where Sunset Beer will eventually stock 1,000 bottles of brew and host beer tastings.  But co-0wner  John Nugent, who also owns Colorado Wine Company in Eagle Rock,  is not quite ready to set an opening date.  Sunset Beer, which had planned to open in early 2010, has completed the alcohol licensing process but must undergo final city building inspections, he said.  In the short term, however, Echo Park beer lovers are invited to attend a beer tasting on Saturday, July 9 at the Colorado Wine Co. with Alex Macy, who will manage the Echo Park. That tasting will serve as an intro of what to expect at Sunset Beer, Nugent said.

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  1. Sunset Junction resident

    This is so annoying.

    Los Angeles is so concerned about stalling the opening restaurants and stores that will bring BUSINESS and LIFE to the area with lengthy and almost innavigable permit processes — but they seem to totally not care about cleaning up graffiti, forcing homeowners/business owners to clean up eyesore buildings, dealing with gang activity/theft etc etc etc.

    These aren’t the kind of liquor stores and “drinking establishments” that are going to cause problems in the neighborhood as I think it caters to a more sophisticated (re: Mature) drinking crowd. What’s the big deal?

  2. Joven pesimista

    It’s much harder to get kick backs now so why should the bureaucrat ass holes that supposedly serve us give a crap how long it takes to open a business nor what benefits it has for our neighborhoods.

    I’ll be glad when both of these establishments open, how much I’ll frequent them will depend on the poor parking infrastructure, especially Mohawk Bends locale.

  3. Everyone is against regulations and permits for establishments that sell food & drink … until they get salmonella.

  4. When people complain, the city has to liste. Even if all the politicians can do is make everything take as long as possible.

    Thanks for all your hard work in trying to stop these places, Eastsider!

  5. @Jovan–I know Mohawk Bend is going to have a relatively inexpensive (like $4) valet service, so that should help with the whole no-parking thing.

    @Libertad–As far as permit delays go, isn’t the holdup due more to extra red tape than extra thoroughness on the city’s part?

  6. @hoochie – Boo to the Eastsider for any work trying to stop these places!

  7. I’m getting extremely thirsty. Will both locations please open their respective doors, post haste?

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