|Back patio at Mohawk Bend|
If you've been out in Hollywood in the last couple of years, then you’ve probably been inside a building remade by Spacecraft. Founded by Kristofer Keith, the design/build firm is responsible for Hollywood spots like The Bowery, Kitchen 24, Stout and Boho, which recently moved to the third floor of Hollywood & Highland.
Excerpted from the September Los Feliz Ledger:
In August, Keith’s latest and most ambitious project opened: the 10,000 square foot Mohawk Bend in Echo Park. Owned by Los Feliz’s Tony Yanow and his wife Amy, the already wildly popular gastro pub features a crowd-pleasing menu with savory vegan and vegetarian specialties, and a changing selection of artisan cocktails from California spirits, craft beer--72 kinds--and wine on tap.
|I beams frame Mohawk Bends' interior|
Mohawk Bend now occupies a 100-year old brick building that once was the Estudio Theater—longtime locals may recall how it sat empty and decaying for 26 years. To use the building and meet current building codes, Keith essentially built a building within the vast space. The exposed steel I beams framing the interior are not only a design element but meet a structural requirement.
|Vintage beer signs at Mohawk Bend|
Although there are retro touches, Yanow’s personal collection of vintage beer signs for instance, Keith purposefully avoided a fake nostalgic look. “I didn’t want something too slick either,” he explains. “So I went for something down the middle, an industrial but stylized direction,” he notes. Custom built seating is made from plywood (also exposed); upholstery has a mid-century orange hue. The floors are concrete and the kitchen is open to view from the long polished concrete bar cast on site.
Dividing the back third of the vast room from the main bar and dining area is a 20’ high mosaic glass wall. The patterned glass wall also defines Mohawk Bend’s interior patio, lit by skylights and a concrete fireplace. The room’s exposed brick walls help create an urban, citified vibe. As Keith explains, he wanted the space to recall restaurants he’s visited in New York and Toronto that have taken over and enclosed a back alley.
|Naya will emerge from Tantra space|
Among Keith’s other commissions is an ongoing transformation of Tantra restaurant, also on Sunset Boulevard. To be renamed Naya, Keith is reconfiguring the Indian restaurant, creating an all white dining room and an adjacent lounge in regal colors. There will also be a back patio for dining. As with all his projects, he stays away from theme-y type designs or a signature personal style that doesn’t necessarily translate to every assignment. “I like to create a sense of place,” he confirms.
2141 W. Sunset Blvd.