Firestone Walker Opening Up Restaurant In Venice Beach
Culinary trends come and go, but one thing that appears to have stuck here in L.A. is the love of craft brew. Though there have always been mainstays on the scene like Craftsman, the recent craft beer revolution started with the opening of Eagle Rock Brewery in 2010. And since then more and more purveyors of sublime suds have looked at our city as a huge opportunity for growth.
Stone Brewing Company opened a store in Pasadena to much fanfare last year, and Firestone Walker is next on board to get involved. The Central Cali brewer has just purchased a space in Venice and is hoping to open up offices and a restaurant there by the middle of next year. There's also is a possibility that Firestone might open a small satellite brewery at the new location.
Says the L.A. Times:
A large property on Washington Boulevard just west of Lincoln Boulevard was purchased for a reported $7.5 million. The space’s two structures, which once housed doctors' offices and a Sizzler restaurant, are to become offices for the L.A.-based brewery staff and a 7,000-8,000-square-foot restaurant.
Originally the brewery's co-founder David Walker had been looking at Downtown locations, but eventually they settled on the Westside because of the bike-friendly nature. The area doesn't have quite as saturated of a market either, considering DTLA is already home to Angel City Brewing and the nearby Eastside Eagle Rock Brewery and Golden Road Brewing. Dry River Brewing also has plans of opening up in the area, right along the L.A. River.
The more the merrier, we say.