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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Storefront Report: Plenty of work but little info at a former Silver Lake diner

Work crews have been busy building a new facade and remodeling the interior of the former Silver Lake coffee shop and diner known as Eat Well. The once busy Sunset Junction restaurant closed suddenly more than three years ago, leaving a void in what is an otherwise busy block filled with shops and restaurants. Despite renewed construction, there is still no information as to what the tenant of the space has planned, according to workers and store owners on the block. The city’s Property Activity Report reveals that several construction permits have been taken out in recent months, including one that describes the work as being for a “takeout restaurant” with “no seating allowed.”

Eat Well opened in the 3900 block of Sunset Boulevard during the early 1990s as part of a chain of coffee shops that began in West Hollywood. Merchants said the founders later sold the Silver Lake restaurant and its building to businessman Alfredo Diaz. He and his partner later resold the property but kept a long-term lease to operate the restaurant. Other restaurant owners have expressed interest in leasing the Eat Well space but Diaz has continued to make lease payments, said nearby merchants. Since the restaurant closed, merchants have complained that the empty storefront has attracted trash instead of foot traffic to Sunset Junction.

On Wednesday, a “Now Hiring” sign on the window of the Eat Well space advised job applicants to drop of applications and resumes at a nearby shop. But the workers at that shop – Pull My Daisy – said they were not informed about plans for the empty storefront. They were just asked to collect the materials, said a woman at the store.

“No one knows anything,” said a woman. “We just got to hope for the best.”



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