Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Storefront Report

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

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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 ... Read More »

Storefront Report: Yoga studio brings new life to old Highland Park building

HIGHLAND PARK — It’s no secret where Highand Park’s newest yoga studio is going to open. The dead ringer would be the large letters that read “HOT YOGA” inside the broad windows at 5612 Figueroa Street, just a few doors down from the Highland Theater. New ... Read More »

Storefront Report: Does Echo Park need another place that sells coffee? Apparently so

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ECHO PARK – Work is underway to transform the former Bear Cat vintage store, which shut down less than a year after opening last summer, into a coffee shop at 1532 Sunset Boulevard, according to online city records and a construction worker in the storefront. The ... Read More »

Storefront Report: Silver Lake gay club gets ready for its last dance

The Go-Go dancers are going away at MJ’s Bar as the Silver Lake gay nightspot prepares to shut down at the end of the month.  It’s not clear what will replace MJ’s but it will become the third Silver Lake gay bar to close within the ... Read More »

Storefront Report: Highland Park dive bar to get a “bungalow” makeover

Dusty’s Bar will be undergoing some changes as the new owners look to spruce up the Highland Park dive bar. The Garvanza Improvement Association’s Facebook page says the plan to replace  Dusty’s dive-bar mystique with a “bungalow-like design”  appears to be aimed at attracting a different ... Read More »

Storefront Report: Fitness seekers reach new heights at Lincoln Heights climbing gym

Stronghold Climbing Gym has recently placed a firm grip on the old Edison Electric Company space at the Brewery Arts complex. This Lincoln Heights space is a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument originally designed by Los Angeles architect, John Parkinson (City Hall, Bullocks Wilshire, Union Station). The ... Read More »

Storefront Report: Silver Lake beauty specialists set up shop in Frogtown

There is no shortage of places to get your hair cut and colored in Silver Lake, where stylist Tamara Perry and color specialist Vanessa McGrath worked in a high-end salon. So when it came time to open their business, they settled in Elysian Valley, aka Frogtown, ... Read More »

Storefront Report: In search of tenants for former Echo Park council office

Former Echo Park neighborhood council office 2-25-2013 2-57-29 AM

A year has passed since the Echo Park neighborhood council decided to give up its troubled headquarters after the city determined that the Echo Park Avenue office did not comply with building codes.   Now, the 1,300-square-foot space, which once served as a walk-up teller office behind ... Read More »

Storefront Report: 199-seat restaurant seeks to satisfy Eagle Rock’s chicken wing cravings

A presentation on several new Eagle Rock restaurants included news on what may end up being one of Eagle Rock’s largest eateries, a 199-seat restaurant called Rockin’ Wings.  At the recent meeting of the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council Land Use Committee,  Rockin’ Wings Owner Jeffery Miller ... Read More »

Storefront Report: New replacement emerges for Silver Lake’s Backdoor Bakery space

It has been about six years now that Silver Lake’s Backdoor Bakery closed and eventually reopened in Sunland.   Meanwhile, the owners of a new restaurant called Bleu Sage began remodeling the old Backdoor Bakery and applied for a beer and wine license. But Bleu Sage never ... Read More »