At Beach Nation, Thomas Schoos Turns a Parking Lot into Paradise

(Photo by Jon Viscott)
(Photo by Jon Viscott)
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G
6 years ago

It looks exactly like that picture every single day – EMPTY!

SaveWeho
SaveWeho
6 years ago

Just an ill-conceived idea. I guarantee you no one is going to just “hang out” here. If we wanted the sand and beach we’d go to Malibu or Venice. Fine..if they want to put a placeholder here…go ahead. But I’d rather have another 3-4 story parking garage designed to look like a building and put IRV’s burgers in retail space on the ground level. And please…get rid of that horrible billboard and all the metal holding it up. It just looks awful.

mike dunn
mike dunn
6 years ago

With the tiny clothing store down the street perhaps we will be seeing young guys who will do anything for a laugh lounging at BEACH NATION in skimpy swim suits just purchased.

Dustin
Dustin
6 years ago

I’m excited to check this place out — it looks great on that corner!

l.g.gust
l.g.gust
6 years ago

p.s. Irv’s Burgers now on S.M. Blvd at Laurel Ave. is doing more business than ever….the food is better, probably due to better kitchen equipment…….and of course the Hongs are as joyous as ever…….and the prices are ridiculously low….and a very good looking crowd…

l.g.gust
l.g.gust
6 years ago

It’ll be gone in a year.

Tomas
Tomas
6 years ago

Best of Luck! Looks kind of cool

Christopher
Christopher
6 years ago

With the heat wave we had last week, I noted the skimpiness of the awnings too. I don’t think they will suffice, especially since the restaurant faces south and will get the sun all day long. The space looks sharp, but it will indeed place its customers on display–they may have to plant a hedge at the sidewalk to allow for some privacy. It sure beats the old corner though.

Romanoff
Romanoff
6 years ago

Just a guess, but I think (like Todd) that this is a place holder until they get beer/wine. They needed a concept to get the license and while it looks pleasant enough, I don’t think they really spent a ton. Once they secure the license, get ready to see some real plans submitted for a more permanent project.

If true, this is a good strategy that puts to use that previously awful corner.

Nice job.

Todd Bianco
6 years ago

It reminds me of a “quirky” set for a reality show (like PUMP) rather than a place I’d want to eat. Sand and food don’t usually mix well and while the triangular sail shades look cool in photos, they don’t generally provide the kind of shade you’d get from a standard patio table umbrella or a well-screened patio. I think I’d gone for more of the nice decking rather than sand. This corner has begged for redevelopment for a long time. This looks like a nice placeholder. How long it lasts is a big question, but I wish them luck.… Read more »

erik
erik
6 years ago

for 20 years have seen them come and go and this just might be the fastest one to go. there is so much wrong with this scene. just to name a few: people will be tripping and falling in the sand, if you allow dogs on property there will be a flea problem in the sand, there just isn’t enough protection from the sun, the chairs look terribly uncomfortable and hot, when the traffic stops at the red light all the customers will be on display like at a zoo……….oh my goodness….so much wrong here………with the climate change and summers… Read more »

mike dunn
mike dunn
6 years ago

Hope it works out but as I looked in there either today or yesterday it looked a bit crowded with all the furnisher.