Goodbye Madame Matisse, hello Purgatory Pizza


Storefront ReportSILVER LAKE —  Purgatory Pizza of Boyle Heights is expanding west, opening a second outlet in the former Madam Matisse restaurant in a row of Sunset Boulevard storefronts where other changes are in the works.

Workers are in the process of transforming the former Madame Matisse, which closed last fall after more than a decade at the corner of Sunset and Maltman Avenue, into Purgatory Pizza at The Junction.  In addition to pizza, the Silver Lake outpost of Purgatory Pizza, which is scheduled to open in a few weeks, will also sell  pasta, salads and sandwiches as part of an expanded menu, according to a person familiar with the details.

There are other changes in store in the adjacent brick storefronts. In between the future Purgatory Pizza and the long-standing Millie’s Cafe, a new skateboard and menswear shop is currently under construction.


  1. A good addition to the hood. I work around the corner from their other location on First St and can testify that their offerings are great.

  2. They should have taken over Nicky D’s Pizza!

  3. Urgh. All the east side needs is another friggin ‘ pizza joint!

    • Agree. And I love pizza! But variety is nice as well. Would love to see Ethiopian, Lebanese, Southern BBQ, Soup (besides Pho or Ramen), a quality bagel shop, Polish would be amazing,

      • Anything is better than $15 pancakes IMO

      • Tomato Pie, Garage, Wood, in Silver Lake. LA Pizza Co., Hard Times, Masa, Two Boots, and Pizza Buona in Echo Park. Of course the chains. What other pizza restaurants are there in Silver Lake and Echo Park?

        • But I wonder how long Wood will last? I like it, but the price point is a bit high, and it always seems half full when I drive by…

      • There already is a Polish restaurant on the eastside, Polka! As for bagels, Brooklyn Bagels has good bagels. So, it’s really a wholesaler with a small retail space, but the bagels are good.

  4. Thank you very much for the write up. We can hardly wait until February to open the doors of our full service restaurant and offer our unique brunch, seasonal salads, specialty sandwiches, and tasty pizzas to the neighborhood!

  5. I was psyched to move to Silver Lake in 2000 and be close to Millie’s Pizza, then Madame Matisse replaced it. HOW THE WORM TURNS.

    • It was never “Millies Pizza”

      I love how late comers move here and think the know whats up .

      It was called Honk n Holler , and was opened by Millies owner Patti Peck , but was never Millies Pizza and it preceded any other pizza place except for Pizza Bozza , that now goes by a different name.
      Its from there where we spotted Pamela Anderson walking in to the Bodega next door to probably cast a spell on someone!
      Those days are long gone giving way to boutiquey pricey spots.

      Echo Parker since 1967

  6. I’m personally going to miss Madame Matisse a great deal. Debra, the owner, is a wonderful human being and the food and coffee were great.

  7. Most certainly I wish the owners the very best. as even I USED to eat pizza, but now that I follow a food based wellness course what I most long for in the neighborhood is a restaurant dedicated to my new needs. Trust me any entrepreneurs out there, I am far from the only one…….

  8. this is too much pizza.

  9. yhea I have to a agree how many pizza places do we need “Tomato Pie, Garage, Wood, in Silver Lake. LA Pizza Co., Hard Times, Masa, Two Boots, and Pizza Buona in Echo Park. Of course the chains” …You forgot Z pizza, the Back Yard and Mohawk Bend also serves pizza who else am I forgetting

  10. Yes, Two Boots is a chain too.

  11. I really miss Madame Matisse! Debra was super friendly and the cooks there always started my order as soon as I walked in. It was as awesome ! Super friendly service! Great food and great coffee!! Great coffee is hard to come by in restaurants and Debra had it on point. Plus, my coffee cup was always filled. So sad missing my Saturday morning breakfast 🙁 Miss you! Come back !

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