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Massive New Echo Park Development Adds 1,300 Seats to LA's Most Hipster Area

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The Sunset Boulevard project will add nearly a dozen new restaurant tenants

A Mohawk Collective rendering
Mohawk Collective
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Another massive new restaurant and retail complex is coming to Echo Park soon, with plans for some 1,300 total seats for dining and drinking.

As the Eastsider shows, the giant Mohawk Collective project has been under construction for quite some time, and will soon enough be bursting at the seams with new tenants. The location near Sunset and Alvarado at one time held just a Starbucks and a laundromat along with a smattering of other storefronts, but now has plans to airy something in the neighborhood of eight new restaurant and bar tenants, with more than one applying for an alcohol license.

The first official tenant, though, will actually be a Chipotle. The Eastsider was able to confirm with corporate that the chain is indeed dropping a location there soon enough, though developers remain mum on what else is in play. Eater reached out to the Mohawk Collective team as well, but so far hasn’t heard back.

In all, there are nearly a dozen individual sites of varying sizes for retail and restaurant brands to take over. The massive site also includes a couple of outdoor patio spaces, with lots of frontage right along Sunset Boulevard. When completed, the Mohawk Collective project should compete with the upcoming new retail stretch not far away down Glendale Boulevard, where Clark Street Bread is scheduled to land next year.

It’s also important to note that none of these projects will interfere with Zach Pollack’s upcoming Cosa Buona, the Alimento chef’s casual Italian takeaway and sit-down spot right at the intersection of Sunset and Alvarado. Though the projects sit side by side, they don’t overlap with one another, which means not only with Echo Park soon be getting the talents of one of L.A.’s most ambitious chefs, but a whole host of other new concepts to boot.