Storefront Report: Let the guessing game begin over new Echo Park restaurant *

A demolition crew has begun gutting the former Phoenix Bakery building at the corner of Echo Park Avenue and Montana Street. The bakery closed in 2006 shortly after the property and the former Pioneer Market on the same block were taken over by Walgreens drug store. Since then, the former bakery has been the source of neighborhood complaints as trash piled up and the patio and parking lot became a refuge for the homeless. What’s next for this building?   Construction permits filed with the Building & Safety Department  provide few details, saying only that “tenant improvements” will be made to the existing take-out restaurant and that a portion of the building will be converted for “sales of prepackaged food only.”

There was no information about the potential tenant. However, one neighborhood restaurant owner said there had been talk of a Los Angeles gastropub taking a look at the 1,380-square-foot building but did not know if any lease had been signed. But Echo Park foodies should not get their hopes up. Many neighbors were left disappointed  earlier this year when the former Pioneer Chicken, which sits across the parking lot from the former bakery, reopened as a Little Ceasar’s pizza

* Update on Friday, Dec. 17: Jason Michaud, owner of Silver Lake’s Local restaurant, said he has leased the building. More details to come.


  1. Phoenix was the best. The neighborhood could use another quality chinese food place.

  2. I heard yesterday from a friend that the owner of Local restaurant is opening a new eatery in the space.

  3. And so, Echo Park’s slow, deliberate, plodding gentrification marches ever onward.

  4. if local opens a place. that will be awesome! i had the best chili cheese fries there yesterday!

    the property is owned by walgreens, if im not mistaken. corp heads usually only work with other corp types, which is why it sat vacant for so long. cause no corps wanted to open in the echo p.

    fyi. the local owner lives in the heart of echo park. holler!

  5. Chris L, chill out. nobody even knows what’s going to open here… are you of the belief that nothing new should ever be built when something closes? there’s nothing to react to yet, calm yourself.

  6. @jakey – I think you misunderstood me. I was commenting on the fact that the vacant bakery won’t be replaced with with anything too interesting. The article states that ‘the building will be converted for “sales of prepackaged food only.”’ Not exactly something exciting and awesome for the neighborhood. Gentrification here seems to happen much more slowly than other cities. Whether that’s a good or bad thing, you decide.

  7. Twisted Sister's Dee Snyder

    I actually have no idea what point Chris L. was trying to make. Is he in favor of the owner of Local opening a joint there (a gastropub would be great there, btw), or against? No effing clue.

  8. and the mystery continues.

    As long as its not something gross like Lil ceasar’s I will be happy.

  9. GENTRIFY GENTRIFY GENTRIFY!! Please let it be something cool and not something gross like Lil Caesar or Save A Lot.

  10. Echo Park Ave has no idea the economy is in the tank. It’s nice to be somewhere that is so vibrant. I love my street.

  11. i really miss phoenix bakery. i loooooved their chinese food.

  12. uh, save a lot is awesome, have you been?

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