You may have noticed yesterday (hopefully you didn’t drive all the way from the West side) that despite reports from various news sources, Mohawk Bend did not open its doors yesterday. But last week we did get a sneak peak at the space, the food, and the ever so delicious booze at a pre-opening party for press and friends.
Owner Tony Yanow has had great success with Tony’s Darts Away in Burbank – with an extensive and really great beer list paired with an equally delicious vegan and non-vegan bar fare. He’s clearly doing something right, because Mohawk Bend is impressive. Plus it really helps that he’s a really nice guy, has an equally awesome family, and has done a great job with the former Ramona Theater after over 20 years of collecting dust.
Spacecraft Group designed the interior of the building (the exterior is protected by historical guidelines), telling the crowd at the pre-opening party that they were inspired by a ’70s bar vibe, hence the vintage neon bar signs decorating the second story of the large main room. Polished concrete floors, exposed brick (the formal dining room is all original), a two-story glass wall, and lacquered panels of wood are features of the recreated space.
Four main sections make up the 6,000 square foot space, which we wrote about last month:
Throughout the pre-opening, we sampled a variety of vegan and non-vegan food like pizzas, snacks, salads, fish ‘n chips, artichokes (mmmm), crab spring rolls (my fave) and beer – OH the beer is a reason to go on its own!
Also in my last article, I did mention that Keith the bar manager would seek out some California agave spirits for some margarita-style cocktails, and while they haven’t found one yet worthy of stocking behind the bar, there are plenty of traditional and signature cocktails on the bar menu. If you’re not into the spirits, here’s the low-down of what’s on tap:
So now that we’ve made your mouth water a little bit – when do they open? No-one at the pre-opening party would give it up, and if you’ve ever work int he restaurant business you’d understand why. Once they work out all the kinks, hopefully in the next few days or a couple of weeks, the doors will be open and you can all give it a try! Let us know what you think.