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Echo Park Is Leveling Up And Getting An Arcade Bar

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The '80s are making a big comeback in Los Angeles, especially when it comes to the bar scene. Hotspots like EightyTwo and Break Room 86 have been mixing in cherished vintage arcade video games with some classy cocktails, and now Echo Park will be joining in on the nostalgic fun.

The Eastsider reported that Button Mash, a bar-restaurant-arcade combo, will be making its way to a strip mall at the corner of Sunset Blvd. and Douglas Ave. come summer. It'll be taking over the 4,000-square-foot space that Warehouse Shoe Sale once occupied.

Architects Rebecca Rudolph and Catherine Johnson of Design, Bitches (who've designed trendy spots like Superba Snack Bar in Venice and the Oinkster in Hollywood) are the team behind Button Mash. In an interview with the L.A. Times earlier this month, they divulged what folks could look forward to at this new Echo Park joint. Rudolph said, "There's '80s stuff with skateboard decks, toys and boomboxes [in the new restaurant]. For some reason there is also a little film noir detective thing coming into play."

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