Little Joy–the Echo Park dive bar that has in recent years taken turns catering to Spanish-speaking gay men, the post-college crowd and Dodger fans–is now preparing for a change of ownership. Echo Park bar hoppers and passersby have noticed that a black grate has been frequently slammed shut across the front doors of Little Joy on recent nights, a sign of the transition underway as Joaquin Reyna-Donaldson, who has worked and managed the bar at The Echo nightclub for about a decade, and business partner Donald Andes prepare to take over the place. What does Reyna-Donaldson, who lives in Echo Park, and Andes have in mind for Little Joy? A new drink line up? A bathroom remodel?
A person speaking on behalf of Reyna-Donaldson and Andes said the new owners of the bar at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Portia Street, will be ready to talk more about their plans in coming weeks after the deal is finalized. For now, Little Joy, which has, depending on who you speak to, been known as Little Joy Jr. and Little Joy Cocktails, may or may not be open during the transition.