The final carry out from Pioneer Chicken*

This last vestiges of the Pioneer name disappeared from Echo Park’s business scene this afternoon when the Pioneer Chicken sign – complete with its chubby cook and wagon – was taken down and trucked away from Echo Park Avenue near Sunset Boulevard. Residents Shannon Prior and David Eng snapped some photos as the sign made its exit. The same block were Pioneer Chicken opened about 40 years ago was also once home to a Pioneer Market and a Pioneer Liquor. No more. The former Pioneer chicken stand – which served as the launching pad for a once fast-growing fast food chain – closed last March. It is being replaced by a Little Caesars pizza outlet.

Update: The sign was shipped to Eagle Signs in Ontario, where it was “recycled,” said an employee named Bob. “It went by the wayside this morning.”

Top photo by David Eng; bottom photo by Shannon Prior


  1. I think this is just ridiculous that they have to open a Little Caesers. Don't we have enough pizza joints in the neighborhood? Pioneer was awesome. It's too bad that the Leum family had to sell the whole property. They were the ones who opened Pioneer Market and Pioneer Chicken. I didn't know about a Pioneer Liquor. It's another part of my childhood gone being that I am a native Angeleno. Ps. the best pizza in town anyway is Pizza Buona. Another family owned restaurant since 1959!

  2. Pioneer Chicken's sides dishes are terrible. As to the pizza joint comment. If there are too many pizza places, it will go out of business. The neighborhood will decide through patronage whether another pizza joint is needed. I only had Pizza Buona once, and that was one too many times.

  3. There is a Pioneer Chicken on Sunset, west of Fountain on the south side of the block next to the closed down Circuit City. Its not that far from EP, so you can still get your fix. I thought that the Leum family still owns the property, and that they lease it out. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought that I read that in an older posting.

  4. Valentina is that you? could that be you that also went to the same school as I did, known as SL? Mrs. Jayamaha used to sell us that pioneer chicken wrapped in foil with a side of mashed potatoes and gravy that we would line up for and hungrily exchange our "hot lunch ticket!" for some yummy greasy chicken!!!

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