The Back Door Bakery helped lay the ground work for Silver Lake’s hipster era when it opened its doors on what was then a sleepy stretch of Silver Lake Boulevard near Effie Street in 1991. For 17 years, Back Door’s blue awning welcomed a long line of customers in search of coffee, pastries and a neighborhood gathering place. But in January 2008, Back Door Bakery closed its doors after the landlord forced the bakery to move, prompting owner Deborah Rosen Goodale to declare she would reopen in a larger location but conceded she did not know where or when. Well, now we know.
Back Door Bakery held a grand opening in its a new home – a Sunland shopping center on Foothill Boulevard – earlier this month. Sunland residents have embraced the former Silver Lake hot spot. Said one new admirer on Back Door’s Facebook page:
I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to have such a cool hip place like this in Sunland! We’ll be regulars!
Meanwhile, back in Silver Lake, a new tenant has yet to fill the space Back Door left behind.
How many fans of the Silver Lake Back Door will be heading to Sunland for a taste of nostalgia? Not Larry Kaplan, a former Back Door regular.
“Frankly, I doubt I will ever go – it’s 20 miles and a half hour drive without traffic,” Kaplan said. “Too far to go for a croissant in my opinion.”