Former Echo Park market to be turned into a dining destination

Echo Park restaurant and shopping center on Sunset Boulevard

Brick Work Echo Park | Courtesy Champion Real Estate

ECHO PARK — In March we told you about the plan to convert the A Grocery Warehouse, the long-time Asian market on Sunset Boulevard, into a retail and residential development called Brick Works Echo Park. Now, you can get a better idea of what to expect as brokers begin looking for up to 10 restaurants to fill the complex, one of  several in the neighborhood now searching for tenants.

Champion Real Estate Company, which purchased the property for $9.5 million, said it will renovate and reuse the existing structures, which includes a two-story commercial building and the A Grocery Warehouse space near Portia Street. (The corner building that includes Little Joy Jr. bar is not part of the sale).

The renderings for Brick Works show a sleek compound painted in dark tones  with large windows. The site will include outdoor dining areas and parking for 44 vehicles.

The sales materials for Brick Works don’t reveal the leasing rates. But they do tout Echo Park’s “urban boho chic vibe” and describes it as “Hipster Perfection.” Brick Works is expected to open by the end of next year.

The potential addition of 10 new restaurants would definitely increase competition for diners but could also increase the pool of potential customers drawn to Echo Park.

Brick Works is not the only project seeking to fill restaurant and retail spaces, however. A few blocks west on Sunset Boulevard,  Continental Development is looking for tenants to lease the remaining spots in the Mohawk Collective,, a renovated collection of buildings that will house a Starbucks, Chipotle, Habit Burger and other restaurants.

Meanwhile, on Glendale Boulevard south of Temple Street, the developers of Echo Park Village have signed up a bakery, yoga studios and other tenants but also have several empty spaces available for lease.

A few blocks north on Glendale and Montana Streets,  tenants are being wooed to fill a proposed restaurant-and-retail project on a triangular parcel that has defied several previous development efforts.  A short walk away, leasing efforts are also underway for a proposed corner retail center on Alvarado Street near the neighborhood’s post office.

With the Echo Park’s restaurant options getting ready to multiply, what cuisine or restaurants would you like to see?  Middle Eastern? A poke place? Coco’s?

Echo Park restaurant and retail center on Sunset Boulevard

Brick Works, looking west on Sunset Boulevard | Courtesy Champion Real Estate

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  1. Thin paste on brick veneer hipsterdom the new rage in retail?

    • Most of these places already have real brick construction from when they where original built in the early 1910’s (For example the buildings now called the “Mohawk collective” have some beautiful original brick work) but most of that brick was covered up by the trends of the 70’s such as cheap siding and spray on stucco. These developers more often then not are actually repairing years of neglect in these buildings, revealing the original character with a slight update and also bringing them up to modern safety (earthquake and fire) standards so they will continue to last for years. That A-Market store was an out of date death trap before these guys came in. All these people wining about change don’t really know what they’re talking about it seem.

    • It’s an old building.. they might just be stripping back stucco. But I agree it’s pretty cliche at this point.

    • Eastsidewestsidestill suck

      La is ghetto nobody cares, this isn’t changing anything, get on with building more low income housing, keep la a crap shoot, oc the only county that did it right. la is old white people and the ghetto, good job!!! I Regret living here 🙂 seriously. Maybe white people will move back in maybe they’ll move back out who cares, 30 years it’ll still be wack

  2. Hipster is NOT Bohemian — hipsters just think it is.

    So, all those longtime small business on the corner at Alvarado and Berkeley are about to be kicked out — more and more longtime businesses are being run out of business, on a huge scale. These small businesspeople are ruined by this, they can’t start over and spend decades building a clientele, they are just ruined and face destitution in oldage.

    • I think the plans call for converting that double parking lot where the taco truck currently is and where they sell christmas trees, so at least those other places are safe… for now.

  3. This project -WILL NOT- be something as cool as Grand Central Market.

    Only a douchebag developer would describe Echo Park the way the Brick Works dude did.

    • Indeed. That description is awful.

      This sounds like a description of Irvine’s hippest new destination.

    • Douchebag has to be one of the most disgusting adjectives ever uttered…please search a thesaurus for alternatives.

      I do agree that the Brickworks guy’s description, “…urban boho chic vibe” and “Hipster Perfection,” not only sound lame, they are certainly fighting words when used in gentrification-fearful Echo Park. It’s a good thing they’re not planning on construction in Boyle Heights.

    • Paul Brian Boiles

      Grand Central Market is NOT cool, and has been yuppie-ized and ruined. That’s the new aesthetic of this city, thanks to Eric Garcetti, hipster-yuppie king himself. It’s disgusting.

  4. I hate the blatant characterization of their “target customer” but sadly this will probably be successful.. It only adds to the energy along Sunset, and that current market is very uninviting.

  5. A fantastic and welcome addition to the blossoming Echo Corporate Park dining scene would be a vegan brasserie specializing in dishes made from natural fiber-rich elephant dung.

  6. Doesn’t look like there’s any residential (or development for that matter)… just a renovation of the existing buildings.

  7. I hope an Olive Garden moves in.

  8. This stinks, but if Dune or HomeState or Big Wangs or Tito’s Tacos or Abbot’s Pizza Company moved in, I guess I could be ok with it.

  9. Elliot Smith would definitely have hung out in a place like this if he were alive today.

  10. I think it looks pretty nice – good mix of materials and color, low profile facade that doesn’t block hills in rear, and nice courtyard. It would certainly be nice if the rent for all or at least 1 or 2 spaces allows for some local artists/designers/retailers to participate, but I guess that’s a decision the developer will have to make, after all, he paid nearly $10 million for the property and will have to sink in a considerable amount toward renovations…and I’m sure this is not a charity but what he does for a living.

  11. It’s too bad that asian grocery store isn’t there anymore. I think the area is lacking in affordable produce for the masses. It was a hole in the wall but still had descent prices. I guess change is inevitable, but man, the thirst in these developers vision is REAL.

  12. I welcome any future dining options. Sick of dinning on gasoline station sandwiches and frozen burritos. Can I borrow 5 dollars?

  13. Echo Park Neighbor

    “urban ‘boho’ chic” ?? What the heck does that bs mean?? Nothing gags me more then when some douchey real estate company tries to present as ‘cool’. This whole project inspires reverse peristalsis. I liked the idea of building a large mixed use project on this site much better.

    And these developers would be prudent to realize that Los Angeles is full of high-rent blight at the moment and there are several other projects in the neighborhood that are scrambling to fill vacant spaces at cognatively-dissonant inflated prices. Unless they want to actually bring something of value to this neighborhood rather than just groom the property to upsuck money, I hope they fail miserably.

  14. Isn’t anyone else saddened that this means no more Asian markets in Mideast Los Angeles… or am I overlooking one?


  15. I wish the WHOLE WORLD was the Americana!!!!!

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