Comings and goings at Sunset Junction

The opening of K2 restaurant in the former Eat Well space earlier this month filled an empty and derelict storefront in the heart of  Silver Lake’s Sunset Junction with a sleek and glossy diner.  It’s the most recent of several new stylish cafes and shops that have popped up at the crossroads of Sunset and Santa Monica boulevards.  While customers  have packed into the booths and sidewalk tables of K2, a block away and across the street,  a longtime Sunset Junction establishment, Tsunami Coffeehouse (pictured at right) sits empty and quiet after closing its doors at the beginning of the month.  A “For Rent” sign hangs over the entrance. Tsunami, operated by the nonprofit Sunset Junction Neighborhood Alliance, which also organizes the annual Sunset Junction Street Fair, opened in 1995 at a time when cappuccinos, vegan fare and shops selling $465 desk lamps were not the part of the neighborhood scene.   Alliance director Michael McKinley said Tsunami closed as of Sept. 1. He declined to say more about the former cafe.


  1. This is a real loss. This place was real, not just another highly finance trendsetting and high priced place that thinks money can imitate reality, and even do reality better than reality — ala Intelligentsia. Unfortunately, “money can imitate reality” seems to be taking over and raising the rents, and pricing true reality out.

  2. How does “vegan fare” shine a dull light on a neighborhood. It’s simply a preference of eating. A lot of us have been vegan long before Silver Lake was a hip place to be. You can’t put that in the same basket as extremely overpriced bad coffee and pointless furniture stores.

  3. However conflicted my own feelings toward the SJNA and its leader may be, it’s still sad to see another neighborhood bastion bite the dust. So long Old Silver Lake.

  4. Tsunami was always dark, empty and served bad coffee. It will not be missed.

  5. Wondering how this will effect the annual festival, if at all….

  6. This year was the 30th anniversary and will be the last. The Sunset Junction Street Fair is over. And the neighborhood is very happy about it.

  7. Speak for yourself Libertad. I have lived in Silver Lake for over 30 years and I’ve been to almost every Sunset Junction Street Fair and have so many great memories of some of the best times of my life, so like Lauren said “so long old Silver Lake”. It’s sad that young people and new residents will only have old stories to hear about the SJSF. I am the neighborhood and I’m very sad, so once again speak only for yourself Libertad!

  8. I’m sad about Tsunami as well. I had an excellent iced espresso and delicious brownie from them only a month ago. And, it didn’t cost me $10.

    Good thing is Sunset Junction Street Fair is already getting ready for 2011. No worries there. Whew 🙂

  9. I live righ tnext door to Circus Of Books and the Junction has become tragic. This used to be a neighborhood of gays and Latino faimlies. The Sunset Junction fair brought them together, in that they had conflict before. That’s what the fair was for, and it worked! Now this street is deeply depressing with everything wildly overpriced, they gays giving into big money and selling their businesses (remember Detour?) to straight caucasians who think they are oh-so-hip, and the Latino families moved further east (only to be followed by more of these ‘Millenium verson of yuppies’).

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