Enrique Ramirez and his family have spent months and a substantial amount of money transforming the former Pescado Mojado in Echo Park into a new Señor Fish restaurant. A new dining room and kitchen were built under a soaring wood-beamed ceiling, and, today, the exterior was being painted a shade of putty. But one of the feature of the Mexican seafood restaurant that has attracted the most attention–and complaints– are the windows: a row of smoked-glass panes that have been scratched and etched over with graffiti. “I had no idea it was shaping up so nicely inside since the windows on the street are still so scratched up and horrible looking,” said one Eastsider reader on a comment to a story
The windows, which were leftover from the old restaurant at Sunset Boulevard and Logan Street, are such a turn off that even some of his acquaintances have told Ramirez they won’t go into his new Echo Park restaurant unless they are changed. “Everybody hates them. I hate them,” said Ramirez.
But new windows are in the works. Ramirez said he has held off replacing the windows for fear they would get scratched as soon as they get replaced. He said vandals can still scratch or cut their way through the plastic film that has been applied to many windows to protect them against scratches. Currently, his family is working on a wood screen that would protect the windows at night but roll down and out of the way during the day time and create a wainscoating at the base of the building. If that does not prove practical, the store will install some other type of metal screen or folding doors. What ever option is selected, expect new windows in a couple of weeks, he said.