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Inside Bike Shed Moto Co.
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Inside the Massive Motorcycle Hangout That’s Tearing Up the Arts District

The London-based Bike Shed Moto Co. has transformed a giant 30,000 square foot warehouse space into a lifestyle behemoth, complete with lots of food and drink

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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.

A massive new motorcycle-influenced cafe and bar has come roaring into the Arts District, two years after first being announced. Bike Shed Moto Co., based out of London, opened its doors last Friday at 1580 S. Industrial Street, across from the Flying Embers Taproom and just down the street from Caboco, with plans to bring this section of Los Angeles all the deep leather, wood, and motorcycle talk it can handle.

First opened in 2015 in London by Anthony “Dutch” van Someren and wife Vikki van Someren, Bike Shed Motorcycle Company is part like-minded community hangout space, part membership club, part restaurant and evening lounge, and part daytime space for coffee and a full English breakfast. There are retail options galore inside the 30,000 square foot warehouse, along with independent spaces to get a haircut or a tattoo. Basically, consider Bike Shed to be a one-stop-shop for a certain kind of moto-loving Angeleno — or anyone who just feels like a bite to eat and a comfy couch in the Arts District. Diners, fans, and anyone can come through basically any time from 9 a.m. to midnight (or later), seven days a week, to peruse the giant multi-hyphenate space; and seriously, it’s worth a look.

The decor inside is a mix of vintage charm — brick, leather, exposed beams, poured cement — and modern touches, like flashy artwork, skylights, a wraparound bar, and seating for nearly 300 diners and drinkers at a clip. There are rare, vintage bikes hanging around, places to pick up a new set of riding gloves, and a shiny white-tiled barbershop to keep the cut looking fresh. Naturally, being a motorcycle owner is not required for admission, but given the artwork on the walls and the conversations at most tables, having at least an appreciation for motorcycle culture will help.

A black wraparound cafe bar and wine shop inside a warehouse.
The entrance to the bar and dining area.

Chef Enrico Glauco (Primi, Tra di Noi Ristorante) is on to oversee the robust menu, which runs all day but has a separate morning menu. Espresso drinks will be in high demand, as will plates of eggs, chicken and waffles in the morning, and a rare proper English breakfast. Lunch is for bright, crisp beet salads or maybe Bike Shed’s thick pub-style burger, while evening gives way to classic cocktails and California-Italian preparations that range from pappardelle to baby back ribs and a tomahawk steak. For dessert, the buttery-rich bread pudding is the one to order.

This isn’t the first time that Downtown’s Arts District has played to the two-wheeled crowd. The House of Machines out of South Africa previously occupied a space along 7th, just down from Guerrilla Tacos, that filled much the same motorcycle cafe/bar (and, for them, live music) vibe — and that address was later taken over late last year by Detroit Vesey’s, an intentionally inclusive hangout for cyclists instead. Now it’s time for Bike Shed Moto Co. to hit the streets.

After two years of anticipation, the new Bike Shed Moto Co. in the Arts District opened last Friday, April 8 at 1580 S. Industrial Street. Reservations can be made via Resy.

Skylights fill a warehouse room with light, showing off tables and a black wraparound bar.
A busy opening night.
A warehouse restaurant and bar filled with patrons.
Bar and table seating inside.
A corner of a brick warehouse converted to a social space.
Lounge seating, too.
A long look down a row of different seating options at a warehouse restaurant and bar.
Booths, bar seating, and more.
Customers sit in leather seats inside a warehouse social space.
Bar patrons sit in black leather seats.
A man on a leather couch takes a phone call inside a warehouse space.
A long communal table for private dining inside a restaurant.
A dark room with golden light fixture and horseshoe bar.
The private members-only bar.
A dark wood-paneled lounge and fireplace.
The members-only lounge area.
A plate of beans, meat, eggs, and toast.
A full English breakfast.
An overhead pour of syrup onto fried chicken and a waffle below.
Chicken and waffles.
A hand dips crisp strings of vegetables into sauce.
Zucchini fries.
A tilted angle of a greens salad with golden and purple beets, orange and pomegranate.
A simple citrus-y beet salad.
A thick burger with melty cheese on a plate with fries.
The Bike Shed burger.
A pile of deep brown ribs in sauce on a square plate.
A stack of baby back ribs.
A plate of wide noodles with lots of shredded cheese on top.
A tall coupe cocktail colored orange on a black bar.
A simple cocktail with orange garnish on a black bartop.
Butter bread and ice cream on a plate for dessert.
Always save room for dessert, especially this tremendous buttery bread pudding.
A wide look at motorcycle themed clothes for sale.
A retail space inside the warehouse.
A wide retail section for a motorcycle company.
Even more shopping inside.
A white tiled barbershop building.
A separate area for haircuts.
A brick tattoo parlor inside a motorcycle shop.
A tattoo parlor as well.
Pictures and neon signs inside a motorcycle shop.
More motorcycle ephemera.
A collection of motorcycles in front of a large warehouse.
Parking in the front for motorcycles only.
Bike Shed Moto Co.’s warehouse sign.
Two people in casual clothing stand next to vintage motorcycles inside a brick building.
The owners of Bike Shed Moto Co: Anthony “Dutch” van Someren and Vikki van Someren.

Bike Shed Moto Co

1580 Industrial Street, , CA 90021 (213) 465-7661 Visit Website
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