ECHO PARK — It’s been 18 months since a rent increase forced El Batey, a small neighborhood market, to close after 48 years in business. The Echo Park Avenue storefront has remained vacant ever since the landlord at one point asked as much as $6,000 a-month for the space. Now, it appears, that a new tenant is moving in: a take-out restaurant and juice bar.
The Building & Safety Department has issued permits to convert 467-square-feet of the former market into a take-out restaurant operating from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., according to an online summary.
No further details were available. The restaurant-juice bar will join a small number of cafes that currently operate on Echo Park Avenue, including Chango Coffee next door.
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