Renovated Glassell Park building emerging as drinking & dining hotspot

Glassell Park —The renovation of a nearly block-long Spanish Colonial commercial building has attracted tenants planning to open a bar, microbrewery and a restaurant, according to filings with the Planning Department.

The restoration of the one-story building at Eagle Rock Boulevard and Avenue 35 has involved the installation of large storefront windows, tile and other decorative elements. In recent years the approximately 13,000-square-foot building constructed in 1931 has been home to a variety of commercial tenants as well as art spaces.

Now, persons connected with Bar Bandini in Echo Park — Michael Lippman and Joshua Weinsteinare seeking city permission to open a 61-seat bar with patio at 3507 Eagle Rock Boulevard. The owners would also like to operate the bar from 10 am to 2 am daily, which is longer than currently allowed.

Meanwhile, next door in the same building,  a microbrewery and restaurant are in the works, according to another Planning Department filing.

The applicants seeking city approvals for the project are Archie Carey and Cyrus Eternad, according to the Glassell Park Neighborhood Council’s Planning & Land Use Committee.  It appears that Carey is one of the founders of Highland Park-based Solarc Brewing.

Is there room for more new tenants in this building? We will keep you posted.

Location of new bar

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  1. Glad to see this great building coming back.

  2. YESSSSS!!! Great news. Please no TV….like Bar Bandini.

  3. The big issue here is parking and noise for the current residents of the immediate neighborhood.

    • Is it Susan? Because this is plop on Cypress Ave/ER Blvd. There is plenty of parking and a general paucity of neighbors. This is very welcome.

      • All due respect, DT, but Cypress Ave is a considerable distance from this ER Blvd site. And yes, you’re right, this stretch of ER Blvd itself is business-y; but the side streets off the boulevard, from Ave 36 down to Estara and beyond—including immediately behind this building—are totally residential, with some folks who’ve lived here for decades.

        I too queried the parking (didn’t think of noise), and a respondent suggested that the clientele will be people who live nearby and so can walk to the place … but I’m not sure that’s sufficient to support the proposed businesses.

        Vamos a ver.

      • There is plenty of parking in this area. As far as noise is concerned I’d rather hear joyous revellers having a good time than gunshots by the few remaining gang losers holding on to their neighborhood for dear life.

  4. This is not good news for the residents. It makes no sense to have Verdugo bar just down the street, with a brewery on Eagle Rock and then a potentially added Bar? Where in the world will all of these people park?!

    • Parking on public streets is for the public, not just people who live on any given street. How about clearing out the garage and parking in there? Or the driveway?

    • Right Noe. Because one dive bar in a neighborhood and other bars beyond should totally satisfy everyone. There are very few sitdown food or entertainment options int that stretch. This is great news for people who live nearby and don’t want to have to travel far for a bite and a drink w friends. Btw, people don’t drive these days, they rideshare. Parking issues are not what they used to be.

  5. Really hope people going out drinking dont drive. Would leave lots of parking space available.

    • Unlike all of the local males who are notorious for drinking, driving, hitting and running all the time. Check Eastsider archives if you think that’s a myth.

  6. I like the idea of the brewery, but a fancy wine bar… I would say most of the people that go to Bar Bandini don’t live in Echo Park. It’s a lot of drunk yuppies driving fancy cars.

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