Vegan pretzels & beer? Echo Park restaurant plans to expand and build a brewpub


Storefront ReportECHO PARKSage Vegan Bistro is seeking city permission to expand into the former pawnshop next door and open a brewpub in the ground floor of the historic Jensen’s Recreation Center on Sunset Boulevard.

The Planning Department says Sage’s owners want to sell and serve a full line of alcoholic drinks as part of planned 94-seat restaurant and brewery. The proposed hours of operation would be from 9 am to midnight on Sunday through Thursday and 9 am to 1 am on Friday and Saturday. In addition, customers would be able to buy beer and wine and take it with them.

The plan is to eventually merge the new space with the existing restaurant at the corner of Sunset and Logan, according to co-owner Mimi Moss in an online fundraiser seeking $85,000 to help finance the project.

Moss described what she and co-owner Mollie Engelhart, who also own restaurants in Culver City and Pasadena, have planned on their fundraising site:

We’ll add another bathroom to the mix (finally, right?!) Beer and wine on tap at a bar. A BREWPUB (how cool is that?) where we make some of our own beers and kombucha. A bar to sit at and more tables, space, bigger kitchen so the food can come out more efficiently. Pizza and Pretzels, maybe a soft serve machine 😉 …. Room for bigger parties so we don’t always have to send you across town to Culver City.

Sage opened its Echo Park location in 2011.  Also, for those who are interested,

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  1. I love Sage because it lets me get my hippie on in 2016. It’s different than the hippie I remember from places like Moosewood Cafe (i.e., http://www.moosewoodcooks.com/about/ – vintage 1973 but still going), but close enough.

  2. Why are people who own multiple restaurants using indiegogo?

  3. Nice, can’t wait!

  4. I just donated my $11 so I can get my very own piece of plastic saying I did so.

    Our new economy: we have nothing to loose if we start a crowd-funder!

    Smells similar to the peeps rallying against the cops for shooting the “poor under aged teenager wheedling a sawed off shot gun”

    Can’t hurt. let see if we get some traction………….


  5. There are people who live upstairs in this building who are not going to be pleased with loud drunks at one in the morning. We’ll have our comments during the alcohol approval process!!!

  6. And just where do they plan to have people park? All the local lots and street spaces in the area are already filled up almost every night of the week. Now they want to add hundreds more customers nightly to that equation–just how is this going to work?

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