The red-tile roof has been painted black and the exterior walls a neon green. What is going on at Silver Lake Burrito King? A small “Burrito King” sign remains at the Hyperion Avenue restaurant but workers say the longtime burrito stand will be replaced by a new Mexican restaurant and menu but did not offer more details.
Burrito King was founded in the the 1960s by Julian Montoya, who opened his first burrito stand in Echo Park at Sunset Boulevard and Alvarado Street. The chain eventually grew to about 20 outlets before competition forced Montoya to shrink his company to only two restaurants by 2003, according to a New York Times profile of Montoya.
The Eastsider has left a message Montoya to get more details about the change. Will the new restaurant menu include a machaca burrito? Stay tuned.
* Update: The Burrito King stand has been purchased by the owners of Tomato Pie, a pizza restaurant with an outlet on Hyperion Avenue, about three blocks south of the Burrito King. The new restaurant will be called Mixto Comida Latina, which will serve tacos, tortas, burritos and other Mexican food made with grass-fed beef and sustainable foods, said co owner Garrett Policastro. He and business partner Freddy Suarez expect to open Mixto in about two weeks. “We wanted to try something else and diversify,” said Policastro explaining the expansion into Mexican food.