A burglary leads to a show of support for a Silver Lake restaurant owner

Photo courtesy Alegria on Sunset

Silver Lake restaurant owner Nadine Trujillo has taken an active role in helping fight crime and improving neighborhood safety as a member of the neighborhood council and chamber of commerce. But, last week, Trujillo, owner of Alegria on Sunset, became a victim of a crime herself. While she worked at her Sunset Boulevard restaurant on a Tuesday afternoon, burglars ransacked her Silver Lake home and stole several thousand dollars worth of belongings, from computers and cameras to manicure scissors and a rosary left on her nightstand. “The bastards took it,” she said.

The break-in (the burglars actually cut open a hole in a window to gain access) and loss comes at a time when the 65-year-old Trujillo struggles to operate her two-decade old  restaurant afloat during tough economic times. In a show of support, friends and acquaintances are pledging to come by the Mexican restaurant on Thursday night to order dinner and celebrate Nadine Trujillo Appreciation Day.

Friend and customer Hans Johnson of Eagle Rock organized the celebration on Facebook after hearing of Trujillo’s break-in through friends. After Trujillo has shown so much support for her friends and community, it was time to return the favor. “Nadine always made us feel at home,” said Johnson, whose partner introduced him to the restaurant several years ago.  “This is an expression of support.”

Trujillo said she welcomes the show of support as she runs her business get her house back in order.

“I feel humbled because everybody has so much to do,” she said of Nadine Trujillo Appreciation Day. “It just puts tears into my eyes.”


  1. I will do whatever I can to help. I also want to help with the crime fighting, I find this ludicrous that this happens to a good, hardworking person.

  2. Alegria on Sunset is easily one of the, if not THE, best Mexican-style restaurants in town. Serving delicious food that’s consistent, this family-owned-and-run joint deserves all the support it gets. As unforunate as news of the incident itself is, I’m glad nothing worse happened to an ostensibly upstanding member of our society.

    I wish you much luck, Nadine!

  3. She is an inspiration to us all!

  4. Alvarado Resident

    Hope to see you all tomorrow night! I can’t wait for some Alegria arroz con pollo!

  5. I’m unable to make it tomorrow night, but I’ll certainly stage my own personal Nadine/Alegria Appreciation sometime this weekend.

  6. About to go there for chilaquiles right now and show some support for this great establishment.

  7. Been there once and what I got was ehhh, okay. Maybe someone could direct me to the GOOD eats on the menu…

    • what a rude and selfish comment to leave on an article about someone who is obviously experiencing a difficult time.
      i hope for your sake that if something like this were to happen to you, no one would respond with the same snarky attitude as you did. it’s of no substance other than to add insult to injury.
      have a heart…

    • Hasn’t your mother taught you to be polite or not say anything a all?

  8. Just ate at Alegria the other night to support Nadine. We’ve been there before and love it. Tasty eats at a reasonable price. Love Nadine and hope she pulls through this difficult moment.

  9. Fantastic food. To the genius above who didn’t like the food: Try the breakfast tacos w the pork. Best I’ve ever had.

  10. Ive been eating there since she was on Alvarado, not only is she lovely, but her food is great. What a tragedy for this to happen to her. I hope she recovers quickly.

  11. I was glad to help a friend. My home was burglarized and I know the trauma involved.

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