Some Echo Park residents were let down earlier this year when the shuttered Pioneer Chicken – the first outlet of a once fast growing restaurant chain – was transformed into a Little Caesars Pizza. Now, just beyond the western fringe of Silver Lake, another former Pioneer Chicken on Sunset Boulevard near Fountain Avenue is destined to become a Del Taco, according to residents and the blog Hollywood Unbound. Del Taco is seeking city permission to make changes to the property, including the erection of a new 40-foot-high sign, and to operate 24 hours a day. One neighborhood resident, named Kat, is not about to welcome Del Taco to the neighborhood:
1. There is a McDonalds less than a block away and I don’t want more fast food smell coming into my house.
2. The obvious clientele for this place will be students from the nearby middle school. Doesn’t California have a youth obesity problem? Does someone really think putting in another fast food joint will fix that problem? Not to mention, the LAST thing some of the poorer residents of the area need is another unhealthy, cheap dining option. How about a Famima? Or a sandwich shop?
3. This is Los Angeles. There is amazing Mexican food everywhere. Del Taco is the bottom of the barrel in terms of both fast food AND Mexican food. Disgusting.
Kat said the City Planning had scheduled a Sept. 1 hearing on some of the changes Del Taco is seeking. Click on the link below to find out where to mail letters on the matter.
Los Angeles City Planning Department
Expedited Processing Section
200 N. Spring St. Room 721
Los Angeles, CA 90012
ATTN: Lucirallia Ibarra