Perhaps one of the most important amenities that a business in auto-centric Los Angeles can offer to its customers is off-street parking. But, this week, one Echo Park business, the Brite-Spot restaurant, began the job of shrinking the size of its parking lot. A crew of workers assisted by a small bulldozer began ripping up a section of the asphalt parking lot outside the front door of the longtime Echo Park diner as part of the construction of an outdoor dining room at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Park Avenue. It’s not clear how many parking spaces will be removed but Brite Spot owner Dana Hollister, who also owns Cliffs Edge in Silver Lake among other restaurants and bars, plans to add 40 outdoor seats as part of a restaurant makeover that includes a new chef and menu, according to LAist.
The restaurant, which is undergoing some interior renovation, will reopen on Thursday, according to the Brite Spot Facebook page. But a crew ripping up the parking lot said it would be several more days before that project is completed. Now, with less off-street parking and more seating, where are all the additional Brite-Spot customers going to park?