Studio City’s redeveloped Shops at Sportsmen’s Lodge are set to open in early summer

A new upscale dining and retail center that replaced the former Studio City’s landmark know as the Sportsmen’s Lodge is set to open early summer after a multimillion-dollar makeover.

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 woo studio executives, foodies and tourists from nearby Universal Studios Hollywood, according to the center’s owners.

Multiple 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 already signed the lease. A dozen other stores are expected to open by the end of the year just in time as pandemic-weary shoppers are ready to return to stores.

A rendering of a reimagined Sportsmen’s Lodge (Courtesy Midwood Investment & Development)

Ron Bondy, director of leasing at Midwood Investment & Development, said it was easy to find retailers for the retail center located in the heart of Studio City.

“This location is quite unique,” he said. “There’s not that many parts of Los Angeles that are really underserved for retail. I think most parts of Los Angeles are probably over-served. This is one of a few places that doesn’t have enough retail and restaurants.”

There are many retailers who sought to open a location in Studio City, he added, but couldn’t find the right venue.

Known under various names, the Sportsmen’s Lodge began operating in the 1880s, eventually turning into a popular gathering spot 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 the area’s ponds were turned into man-made lakes, becoming an attraction for families from across the region that came to catch fish cooked at the lodge’s restaurant.

The latest $100-million redevelopment by New York City-based Midwood Investment & Development firm was launched in 2019 by Midwood Investment & Development company working in collaboration with architectural firm Gensler and design studio OLIN, turning the 95,000 square-foot into the shopping and retail space, which replaced former meeting and convention area.

The company said it worked closely with the city’s Cultural Heritage Commission to preserve the area’s natural foliage and tree canopy and ensuring the views of the pond, pool and nearby LA River.

Accessible from the Los Angeles River trail, the plaza will feature open-air communal spaces where visitors can sit down to sip coffee or eat lunch. The complex’s waterfront “Redwood Deck” will host tenant and center events.

A rendering of a reimagined Sportsmen’s Lodge (Courtesy Midwood Investment & Development)

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