Fire damaged mini mall prepares for stores to return

Echo Park Plaza, the mini mall that was heavily damaged by fire nine months ago,  now sports a new coat of white paint and two shades of blue (pictured at right).  The new paint job and roof and wall repairs are part of the approximately $300,000 spent to restore the 1980s era mini mall at the corner of Echo Park and Montana avenues, said property manager J. Scott Thomas. It’s been a slow recovery. Only one tenant, Echo Park Donut remains open.  A new coin laundry that opened in January was forced to close after only a few weeks for more construction.  Thomas said that with repairs now focused on the store interiors,  the self-service laundry and Regency dry cleaners are expected to reopen within two months and the Chinese restaurant soon after. Meanwhile, Thomas will be busy finding a tenant to fill a vacant 750-square foot store and tweaking the new color scheme.  He favors the light blue trim at the top of building but  was not happy with a darker shade  near the ground. “”That ways too blue.”


  1. that chinese take out spot sucked I hoped they were not going to return.

  2. I’d rather they did come back we don’t need another one of those cafes.

  3. Someguy? Really are you serious? I bet you have not lived here long. The Chinese Place is the only one of it’s kind in the hood. I bet you go to Silverlake don’t you?

    Also, whoever posted this message, for your information did you not notice that the water store has been open the whole time since the fire?

  4. there is another chinese place down the street on Portia, Phnom Penh’ has anyone eaten there? is it any good. BTW the building looks so much nicer with that blue color scheme. great job.

  5. I had no idea the place had a fire. I just thought they were renovating the place, trying to make it look better or nicer. Used to do laundry along with grandma at that laundry mat. That mini mall is a HUGE part of Echo Park and I’m glad they’re restoring all the shops.

    @someguy: oh my god, are fucking kidding me? I’ve lived in Echo Park all my life, and some of us that know and have been there, the food is so good because it is made by people that are passionate and devoted to the restaurant.

  6. well then from one LA Native to another you should know better than to go to that spot for chinese food. Yang Chow or bust.

  7. Someguy, your comparing apples to oranges. Your right about one thing if you want real Chinese food you go down the street to Chinatown. The chinese fast food joints are a quick cheap meal, not the more expensive real deal. Sound like you had one too many helpings of some young guy. @well Phnom Penh is Cambodian. Duh!

  8. I wish they would open up dankness like Panda express or I love the burritos from chipotle wish they had one on the east side I could bike to the burritos from the trucks here are too spicy.

  9. @LA Native: The water store closed rather suddenly about a month ago–I walked across the street to get my 3 gallons for 75 cents and it had vanished, leaving only a typed up notice that it was closed…mysterious…

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