Storefront Report: Trencher seeks to satisfy Echo Park’s sandwich cravings

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Photo courtesy Trencher

By Hayley Fox ECHO PARK —  After about a year of work,  Trencher, a sandwich shop on Portia Street near Sunset Boulevard,  is scheduled to make its debut today just in time for Dodger season.  Owners Justin Foster, Hussein Katz and Danny Zackery plan to offer a to-go lunch box fans can bring up the street to games (or to Elysian Park for a summertime picnic).

Trencher’s menu includes meat lover and vegetarian-friendly options, ranging from a Tofu Banh Mi to a Corned Beef Reuben or Turkey Club. Most sandwiches cost $8 to $10 and come with house-fried potato chips. The shop will also sell $2 to $5 classic sides like Mac and Cheese and Potato Salad, as well as lighter options including a Baby Kale Salad and Quinoa with Roasted Vegetables. Trencher will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, and Sunday. On weekend’s the shop will stay open late (until 1 or 2 a.m.), and feature a “late night menu” that includes sliders, gravy fries, wings and other snacks designed to soak up a night of drinking.

What kind of name is Trencher? Last year, Katz, explained that “Trencher” is a Middle-Ages term for the open-faced predecessor of the sandwich.

Trencher is one of two new restaurants that will be satisfying Echo Park’s sandwich cravings. The other Sandwich shop, Dinette, is under construction in the former Sunset Snack Stand, which was purchased by Cafe Stella owner Gareth Kantner.

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Photo courtesy Trencher

Hayley Fox is an L.A. native now living in Echo Park. After getting her master’s in journalism at the Annenberg school, Fox worked at public radio station KPCC 89.3 where she wrote and produced stories for online and on-air. She covered mostly downtown L.A. and South L.A. news, as well as covering city-wide crime, breaking news and the occasional adorable animal story.


  1. This is great but what’s with the new fad of closing on Mondays? Why are shops closing Mondays? I know hair salons have traditionally closed Mondays but why the sudden trend for restaurants and butcher shops (McCall’s in Los Feliz) to do the same thing? It’s a little frustrating.

    • Restaurants all over this great country have a long tradition of shutting the doors on Mondays. It’s been going on for a long time. Annoying yes, but gotta respect the owners need a day off.

    • Forget about Mondays–what about being closed on Sundays?! That’s absolutely ridiculous. The one day I actually crave abusing my body with ice cream and Scoops has to be closed…

    • They close Mondays because they are not a corporate run chain businesses. That is the tradeoff. People need a day off.

      If you want a sandwich on Monday go to Subway™

  2. Looks wonderful! I wish them the very best, businesses like this are great for the neighborhood. I know I’ll be there.

  3. Grahm Wellington

    I’m a fool for a good sandwich! I wonder if they’ll be good enough to steal me away from the Eastside deli? Stay tuned.

    • Grahm Wellington

      Tried them out this weekend. Very good grub. Have the fried chicken sandwich. It’s got a little of everything you need.

  4. All due respect, but this little sandwich shop has three owners and not one of those jamokes can open up for Monday lunch? Fuggedaboutit.

  5. fuggin’ sando’s comin to town! Thank god.

  6. Sweet! I need a good place to eat lunch and i love sammies! Their food looks BOMB!

  7. Food looks tasty! Weekends til 1 or 2 am? That’s sure to be popular. Any plans for a liquor license, or will this be another BYOB?

  8. If anyone has been to the UK you would know that sandwiches are everywhere, you can get cheap ones, fancy ones and somewhere in between….I dont understand why we dont have them everywhere in LA! Besides the 3 chain stores I can think of, theres no place you can just pop into for cheap sandwich and be on your way. This is good news.

  9. Alright ! Cant wait to try it ! EP need more great affordable places to walk or bike to !
    Stoked ! Hoping for good vegi options !

  10. Great lunch at Trencher. Try it, you’ll like it.

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