Only 13 months after it opened an Echo Park outlet, Mexican restaurant Señor Fish is now seeking city permission to nearly double its space and become one of the neighborhood’s largest restaurants in part by getting rid of its small parking lot.
The small restaurant chain at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Logan Street would be able to seat 199 patrons if allowed to expand into a former tortilleria behind the existing restaurant and convert five parking spaces into a patio, according to a notice of a public hearing scheduled for Tuesday, June 25. In addition to adding more seating, Señor Fish is also seeking city permission to expand its beer and wine license to sell a full line of alcohol. The public hearing is scheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday, June 25, at 9:30 a.m.
While Echo Park’s restaurant and bar scene and expanded in recent years, so have complaints about a lack of street parking. Señor Fish wants the city’s Planning Department to waive the 55 parking spaces that would be required by its larger seating area.
The first Señor Fish opened in 1988 as a small fish taco and seafood stand on Figueroa Street in Highland Park. That stand closed but the family opened outlets in other communities, including Eagle Rock, downtown Los Angeles and Duarte.