Storefront Report: Former Echo Park bartender opens new Mexican-El Salvadoran restaurant

After 20 years of working the bar at Little Joy in Echo Park,  Gloria Ramirez decided to start her own restaurant after the bar recently changed ownership.  Her bar customers won’t have to travel very far to patronize Ramirez’ new restaurant; it’s located right next door to Little Joy.  Gloria’s Kitchen is scheduled to open on Saturday in the former Phnom Penh Restaurant, which served up Cambodian and Chinese food,  on Portia Street off Sunset Boulevard.  After painting the exterior a bright blue and installing a new sign, Ramirez  has also been busy sprucing up the interior of the 45-seat restaurant and preparing a menu focused on Mexican and El Savodoran dishes.  “I love to cook,” said Ramirez, who plans to feature carne asada as one of her recipes.    Gloria’s Kitchen will be open Tuesday-Sundays but Ramirez has yet to finalize a schedule.


  1. Finally! A Mexican restaurant in Echo Park!

  2. Good for Gloria! I am missing the pupusas that used to be made by the defunct El Salvadorian/breakfast restaurant on Sunset.

  3. This is exciting!–I will be able to walk to a brand new restaurant! I miss the El Salvadorian food at the place that used to be in the building where Allston Yacht Club is now, and at Nuvia’s. Good for Gloria!

  4. I’ll have to check this food out! how exciting. I love a spin on my food!

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