Chipotle coming to Echo Park as part of 1,300-seat restaurant complex at Sunset and Alvarado [updated]

Mohawk Collective under construction

By BARRY LANK

ECHO PARK —  At least eight restaurants — including a Chipotle  — with as many as 1,300 indoor and outdoor seats combined are slated for the new restaurant-and-retail center at Sunset Boulevard and Alvarado Street. The developers are also seeking city permits to serve alcohol at the new complex, which would dramatically increase the neighborhood’s dining and drinking scene.

The new development — Mohawk Collective — is replacing several businesses that were closed last spring, including Lucy’s coin-laundry and Wells Tile & Antiques. An application was filed with the city last week to sell alcohol from at at least eight restaurants — including including beer-and-wine licenses for some of the restaurants, and “a full line of alcoholic beverages for on-site and off-site consumption at two existing restaurants.” The increase in the number of places that serve alcohol along Sunset has raised concerns among some residents in recent years.

The Eastsider tried to double-check the figures in the application and obtain more details from the developers of Mohawk Collective but received no response. However, Chipotle’s public relations and communications manager, Danielle Moore, said Chipotle will be opening a restaurant some time in the second quarter of next year.

It’s not clear whether Starbucks, which once operated in the Lucy’s laundry building, will return to the block, where the developer is renovating four buildings.  The Mohawk Collective does not include Zach Pollack’s new Italian restaurant, which is opening in the old Pizza Buona space on the same block.

Update: A Starbucks spokesperson said the company will reopen its Echo Park outlet next spring in the newly remodeled complex. “We’re always looking for great locations to better meet the needs of our customers and are happy to be returning to the community.”

Barry Lank grew up in the San Gabriel Valley, then went away for a seriously long time. He has worked in TV and radio, and currently helps produce The Final Edition Radio Hour.

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