Brewery-bike shop proposed for Echo Park

Brewery and bike shop proposed for 1250 Sunset Blvd.

ECHO PARK — If Highland Park can have a combination restaurant-barbershop, why can’t Echo Park have a brewery-bike shop combo? That’s what is being proposed for a commercial building on a stretch of Sunset Boulevard that has been attracting new shops, cafes, housing and nightlife.

Jens Hommert, who owns the property across from Guisados restaurant, is seeking a city permit to allow the sale of beer and wine as part of the development at 1250 W. Sunset Boulevard.  In addition to a bike shop and microbrewery, the project would also include a 299-seat outdoor restaurant, garden and childrens play area, according to a Planning Department summary. No further details were available.

The brewery-bike shop would be the most recent development along a few blocks of Sunset between the eastern edge of Echo Park and the 110 Freeway. A new coffee house, shops and restaurant have opened while new residential projects have been built or are in the construction/planning stage. Meanwhile, the same stretch is home to Shepard Fairey’s gallery, which attracts large crowds for art openings, while concert promoter Live Nation is drawing indie music fans to Club Bahia.

However, all the new businesses and development have stirred up concern about rising rents and gentrification as well as a shortage of street parking and additional traffic congestion.

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  1. Sounds fun. Spot on regarding the parking situation becoming increasingly intolerable in the last few years. Get back after 5pm Thursday through Saturday and you’re locked out of parking anywhere remotely near sunset. Annoying if you’re lugging shopping or laundry. A few more residents zones might encourage visitors to rideshare or take public transport. It would also cut the shit show of property damage from bar crawlers flailing out the nabe in their cars after closing time.

  2. Looks like Jens Hommert is the owner of Speranza, which is a great neighborhood Italian spot. A similar chill spot for locals would be welcome in this area!

  3. Nerding out about this. Is the brewery bike shop going to be one space and the restaurant will be another? Is Jens opening the brewey-bike shop or leasing the space to someone else?

  4. I live off of Sunset along that strip. It’s great to see more businesses moving in, but the problem is they’re barely accessible – it’s an almost half mile stretch of Sunset with no traffic lights or crosswalks, and drivers treat it like a drag strip. We really need another crosswalk in the area, even if only the kind with the flashing yellow like near the Little Joy.

  5. Oh please let this not be fake news. Speranza is great, Love the idea of a garden.

    Looking at the horrendous development planned at the hardware store I hope this project can help save this part of sunset :). I was passing that building the other day and wondering what developer abomination would be plopped in there, could be much much worse.

    I agree with Jeremy, this stretch of sunset needs another cross walk.

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