A new high-end dining and retail center that replaced the old Studio City landmark known as Sportsmen’s Lodge is set to open in early summer after a multi-million makeover of dollars.
Located at the corner of Coldwater Canyon Avenue and Ventura Boulevard, The Shops at Sportsmen’s Lodge will become a “welcoming oasis of laid-back luxury” that will appeal to studio executives, foodies and tourists at nearby Universal Studios Hollywood, the center’s owners say. .
Several tenants, including Civil Coffee, Free People Movement, Madison Reed, Myodetox, Roberta’s Pizza, SALT Optics, Tocaya, Tuesday’s Sweet Shoppe, Ushi Ushi and luxury supermarket chain Erewhon Market have already signed the lease. A dozen more stores are expected to open by the end of the year just in time as pandemic-weary shoppers are ready to return to stores.
Ron Bondy, director of leasing at Midwood Investment & Development, said it was easy to find retailers for the mall in the heart of Studio City.
“This place is quite unique,” he said. “There aren’t a lot of neighborhoods in LA that are really underserved for retail. I think most neighborhoods in LA are probably overserved. This is one of the few places that does not have enough retail outlets and restaurants.
Many retailers looked to open a store in Studio City, he added, but couldn’t find the right location.
Known by various names, the Sportsmen’s Lodge began operating in the 1880s, eventually becoming a popular gathering place frequented by studio executives and actors, including Hollywood legends such as Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn and John Wayne.
Until World War II, the area was known as ‘Trout Lakes’ after ponds in the area were turned into man-made lakes, becoming an attraction for families from across the region who came to fish for fish. cooked at the lodge restaurant.
The latest $100 million redevelopment by New York-based Midwood Investment & Development was launched in 2019 by Midwood Investment & Development in conjunction with architectural firm Gensler and design studio OLIN, transforming the 95 000 square feet in mall and retail. space, which replaced the former meeting and convention space.
The company said it worked closely with the city’s Cultural Heritage Commission to preserve the area’s natural foliage and tree canopy and ensure views of the nearby pond, pool and LA River.
Accessible from the Los Angeles River Trail, the plaza will feature open-air common areas where visitors can sit to sip coffee or have lunch. The resort’s waterfront “Redwood Deck” will host tenant and center events.