One of Echo Park’s longtime Mexican restaurants, Pescado Mojado, has closed its doors after losing its lease. Workers this morning were demolishing the interior of the storefront at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Logan Street, where in 1984 Humberto Galvez, the founder of the El Pollo Loco chain, opened the first of what he envisioned as a chain of restaurants serving brochetas and Mexican-style grilled seafood and meats, according to an L.A. Times story. A Pescado Mojado at 610 S. Rampart in the MacArthur Park area and a second outlet in Santa Fe Springs remain open.
Galvez opened Pescado Mojado as the rebuilding of the former Pioneer market (now home to Walgreens) across the street and other new businesses signaled a revival of Echo Park’s main shopping district. Galvez expressed his optimism to the Times in a January 1985 story:
“I think that, if am not going to make it here in Echo Park, forget it. I wouldn’t make it anyplace else,” said Galvez. “This area has a lot of potential.”
Galvez said the landlord was seeking a rent increase that he could not afford. He was trying to negotiate a deal to remodel and update the building and restaurant with a new oyster bar and other amenities. But he said those negotiations went nowhere and the landlord did not renew the lease. Galvez said he would like to reopen a new Pescado Mojado near the former Echo Park site but so far has found no suitable locations. “We are still looking.”