While developers may have taken paradise (Alla Nazimov’s Garden of Allah at 8152 Sunset Blvd.) and turned it into a parking lot, Thomas Schoos has done pretty much the opposite on the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Sweetzer Avenue.
Schoos’ Beach Nation, with a “soft opening” scheduled for today and a regular opening next Wednesday, is fronted by a yard of white paving and white sand with seating shaded by orange canopies.
It will be serving coffee and juices (and wine and beer when it acquires the necessary permits) along with sandwiches and salads. It sits only a few hundred feet west of Schoos Design Studios at 8271 Santa Monica Blvd. and the now shuttered Don’t Tell Mama restaurant and lounge, which once housed Schoos’ O Bar. Patrons who close their eyes and imbibe enough beer or wine might be able to imagine they’re on the beach instead of Santa Monica Boulevard (those roaring engines do sound somewhat like waves.) At least until a fire engine screams by.
Photographer Jon Viscott took a look at Beach Nation and share the photos that follow: