ECHO PARK — From Venice to Downtown L.A., architects Rebecca Rudolph and Catherine Johnson have created some memorable and award winning restaurants spaces. Now, their firm, called Design, Bitches, is working to turn a former Sunset Boulevard Shoe Warehouse store into a bar-cade, a combination bar, restaurant and vintage video arcade.
The same business, called Button Mash, was initially proposed for a laundry a few blocks east but that space is now the home to the field office of Council District 13. Instead, the bar-cade owners leased the former strip mall home of Shoe Warehouse. In a recent L.A. Times story, Rudolph and Johnson said the space will serve as an homage to Los Angeles. Rudolph told The Times:
There’s ’80s stuff with skateboard decks, toys and boomboxes [in the new restaurant]. For some reason there is also a little film noir detective thing coming into play. It’s the east end of Echo Park right before it goes up to Dodger Stadium; it’s close to Chinatown and the police academy. It’s not film noir in a theme-y way, but it somehow ended up in the mix, and we’re all excited about it.
The new bar-cade is scheduled to open this summer at the corner of Sunset and Douglas.