These Echo Park businesses are still in business – no matter what KABC says

An ABC7 TV news crew descended upon Echo Park on Friday to shoot scenes for a story on city tax breaks for new businesses. With close up images of Sunset Boulevard storefronts flashing on the screen, reporter John North is heard to say: “The lousy economy has turned this into a  common sight: padlocked or boarded up businesses with no new tenants in line.”  But anyone trying to move into those so-called “padlocked or boarded up businesses” will probably meet resistance from the current occupants, Lot 1 Cafe and the Echo Curio.  Both businesses on Sunset Boulevard near Laveta Terrace were apparently closed when the news crew took shots of their gates and padlocks (no store signs were shown). The rainbow-colored Echo Curio storefront hosted a performance on Saturday night, and Eileen Leslie, owner of  a Lot 1, said she will soon expand her  hours late into the evening.

As for the new tax break, Leslie notes that it won’t help her or any other of the neighboring merchants since it’s only for new businesses that generate more than $500,000 a year in sales.


  1. That’s some quality fact-checking right there. This is why I don’t watch tv for news.

  2. They also seem to insinuate that space 2 doors up from Bannigans (sp) is empty, but a skate shop just moved in there. They just don’t really have a sign.

  3. Lot One is never open and it may as well be padlocked. Its seems like a front.

  4. Yes, the story was misleading. I heard that Lot 1 Cafe (the front door filmed at the very beginning of the news story) has obtained a beer & wine license for the adjacent sidewalk and its side patio till 12am. That means that you and your dog can have a beer together outside! They will be able to serve beer & wine inside to 1am, with food service on some nights until 3:30am. That’s not closed, that’s great news for our area.

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