Update: Construction work picks up at Echo Park’s Red Hill

The conversion of the former Phoenix Bakery in Echo Park into a “neo-American diner” called Red Hill seemed to come to a standstill in recent months. Owner Jason Michaud, who also owns Silver Lake’s Local restaurant, spent three months wrangling with the city and property owners over a driveway easement.  “None of this would have been a problem but the space had sat vacant for so long everything [had] expired,” Michaud said.  Finally, that easement issue has been resolved and the pace of construction has stepped up, with workers on Thursday pouring a concrete floor in place over new plumbing, said Michaud. It will take another eight weeks of work, including the installation of an $18,000 grease trap, before the kitchen is done, he said.  No word yet when Red Hill will open.


  1. Thanks! I drove by this morning and was wondering what was up.

  2. I haven’t seen this kind of red-tape failure anywhere else in the city.

    Hopefully we’ll get a straight answer about when it’s opening.

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