Eagle Rock Mid Century office building making room for a big restaurant


Storefront ReportEAGLE ROCK — The Mid Century office building at the corner of Eagle Rock Boulevard and Merton Avenue is perhaps best known as the home of the neighborhood’s Citibank branch. But now the new owners want to give residents another reason to visit the steel-and-glass building: a sprawling, two-level restaurant with seating for about 200.

A real estate listing posted on LoopNet and a permit application filed with the Building & Safety Department reveal details of a proposed, 4,500-square-foot dining space on the backside of the building off of Merton. The space includes an approximately 1,200-square-foot mezzanine that would float above a portion of  the main floor.  The owners are asking for more than $15,000 a month for the proposed restaurant space, which can be divided into smaller areas.

The Eastsider has contacted the listing agent for more details.

The approximately 20,000-square-foot building, constructed in 1962 by California Federal Savings, sold in March  for $8.1 million, according to PropertyShark.

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  1. The rendering on the linked posting is a classic of the genre. It is dimensionally correct, yet completely misleading. It conveys an airy, clean, light-filled modernist building, but the actual structure looks nothing like this. It’s a great example of why developer renderings, as given to planning meetings, etc., should never be trusted.

    • Or why they should be taken with a grain of salt and host of followup questions. If they actually intend to switch out all the tinted glass for clear and switch out the whole storefront system on the ground floor, then it could be accurate (for the style, which yes the whites will always look whiter etc.). But they could have just been lazy with the glass color in rendering, and it’s hard to tell the difference in intent.

  2. How is it that the space already has a full liquor CUP???

    • The space has no CUP yet, even though it’s being advertised that way. The most charitable way to look at it is that the rental agency is very optimistic about getting a full liquor CUP for the building, even before they have a renter.

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