The sign outside Mohawk Bend on Sunset and Alvarado in Echo Park has promised “Opening soon. Very soon” for a few weeks now, and I’m very, very excited that it will finally open at 5pm today. Mohawk Bend comes courtesy Tony Yanow, so if you’ve been to his excellent Tony’s Darts Away bar in Burbank, you’ll know what we can expect here: vegan-friendly eats and a damn great craft beer selection.
The bar is located in an old movie theater, completely rehabbed so what was once the lobby now houses a long bar, communal and non-communal tables, and an open kitchen. Tony is vegan, so the menu is too (“60 percent vegan, 20-percent lacto/ovo vegetaria, and 20 percent meat” is how the press release describes it). It’s dinner service only for now, but they hope (as do I) that they’ll start a brunch and lunch service soon.
Most important, though, is that beer. There are 65 California craft beers on tap, 5 from out of state breweries, and a two-firkin cask system for those of you who are uber-serious about your ales. And sweet, kind people behind the bar who can patiently explain the differences between an IPA and non-IPA and help you decide which pint(s) to try.
I was lucky enough to attend a preview event of the space two weeks ago and, believe you me, the space and the beer selection is fantastic. See their photos of the space here, and see you there, soon.
Mohawk Bend, 2141 W. Sunset Blvd. in Echo Park; (213) 483-2337.