Former Echo Park market to be turned into a dining destination

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?

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

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