Huge news out of the Valley this morning, as plans are underway on a new development partnership between the city of Burbank and none other than Tony Yanow and the greater Artisanal Brewers Collective. The two groups are teaming up on a joint venture to completely overhaul a corner near downtown Burbank, putting in multiple restaurant sites, a working brewery, and much, much more.
The inbound project is tentatively titled Burbank Common, and it lands just across the street from an existing development at Magnolia and 1st Street, where Flappers Comedy, the AMC movie chain, and a slew of fast casual spots already exist. Burbank Common would offer something slightly different as a mixed-use property, pushing for more outdoor open space for lounging and dining while still finding room to add a full-blown event venue and a standalone roller derby. The entire thing is Metrolink adjacent, and near bike baths and bus lines as well.
There’s no official word yet on the number of restaurants that will ultimately take up a slot at Burbank Common, but if the project ends up coming together anything like Culver City’s Platform (which it sounds like it could) then look for dining at multiple levels, from sit-down spaces to casual grab-and-go’s to a standalone brewery overseen by the ABC crew. There’s even talk of adding food carts across the property to complement the outdoor areas.
In all, the public-private Burbank Common partnership could drastically reshape the downtown scene for the city of Burbank proper, though it will take years to complete and could come online in phases. And it makes that Yanow is leading the charge for it all, given his years owning and operating Tony’s Darts Away in the city. Now it’s time to see what the greater ABC can and will do with essentially a giant blank canvas, while still making time to properly service all of the many other projects they’ve got in the works around greater Los Angeles.
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