Mohawk Bend OFFICIALLY Opens Tonight in Echo Park

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A shiny new addition for Echo Park
A shiny new addition for Echo Park Photo: Courtesy of Mohawk Bend

Echo Park, you lucky bastards. After much anticipation—and a few fake openings—Tony Yanow’s Mohawk Bend finally debuts in Echo Park tonight at 5pm. The former theater is a beautiful specimen, really. Designed by Spacecraft, it’s all metal beams, brick and glass, high ceilings–a pretty polished look for this gritty block. There are skylights, a fireplace and tall leafy trees in the back; a firepit and lounge seating on the street-side patio; a huge menu that’s mostly vegan (we see it more as a complement to, not competition for, vegetarian Elf Café next door); and more than 65 all-Californian beers on tap. There’s even a good cocktail program, with a focus on the classics made with artisanal spirits and ingredients. Spiffy.

A shiny new addition for Echo Park
A shiny new addition for Echo Park Photo: Courtesy of Mohawk Bend

Management is still pulling together the final final menu, which is actually pretty extensive, but know that at least 60% of it is vegan; you carnivore-only eaters have a 20% chance of being complete sated here. There’s enough for everyone, though: roasted artichokes, bacon-wrapped dates and pizzas coming out of the stone oven; burgers (quinoa and lentil for you vegans, or duck and pork for meat-lovers); mussels and fries; and plenty of fresh salads. It’s a huge, wide-open kitchen, and half of it is dedicated to veg-friendly and vegan cooking. Still, while all that food will attract a lot of people, that beer list is why most people will go.

Earlier: Still Waiting on Mohawk Bend?