Storefront Report: Retail and real estate shake up on the Atwater side of Los Feliz Boulevard [updated]

Los Feliz Boulevard retail buildings for sale and for rent | LoopNet.com

ATWATER VILLAGE –   When it comes to attracting new restaurants and retailers, it seems like Los Feliz Boulevard has lagged behind Glendale Boulevard in recent years.  But the Atwater Village stretch of Los Feliz has still picked up  some new players, and the boulevard’s mainstays, like the Tam O’Shanter, have gotten spruced up to cater to a new generation of customers.  The pace of change along Los Feliz Boulevard could be speeding up now that two large retail buildings – less than a block apart – are up for grabs.

Up for sale is the bright orange building that houses India Sweets and Spices in the 3100 block of Los Feliz Boulvard. The 11,400-square-foot building and parking lot are priced at $2.7 million, according to LoopNet. It’s not clear if that includes the business or just the property*, but the listing describes the site as a “rare investment or owner user opportunity, with upside potential.”

Meanwhile, just half a block away at the corner of Los Feliz and Edenhurst Avenue, the nearly 10,000-square-foot  home of the former 323 Bakery Cafe Market is up for lease at nearly $15,000 a month, according to the LoopNet listing.  The same building, according to the listing, was once home to the Allen Wertz Candy shop & factory, and is permitted for a 60-seat restaurant.

What does this section of Atwater need? A new grocery store or more restaurants?

*Update:  A representative for the broker said that only the property is for sale.


  1. NO!! Not the Indian market!!?? I love going here over that dredged West LA area. I’ve never been to the baker but as my memory serves, it’s been there forever!!?? Shame they will be gone. That area of Los Feliz Blvd is hell to drive around in already. Why oh Why make it worse!?

    • Or just replace it with a better Indian restaurant. I don’t know how the grocery store side of the business makes it, there is almost never anyone in it when I go in. I love Indian food but don’t cook it at home so dont really have a need for fresh ingredients. I always thought it as a strange location for an Indian grocery store when very few Indian people live in the area to begin with.

  2. For years, that was the only decent Indian place in a 5 mile radius. There’s a couple of others now, but still, I hope the new owners keep that place!

  3. The Indian Pizza at Sweet and Spices is SO good. And a great deal. I really hope the business stays.

  4. We need a grocery store of some sort. Atwater Farm is nice but you can’t get a lot of things you need there. Also, I propose Sushi! I will forever miss Kuma 🙁

  5. I should think a Trader Joe’s would be appropriate for the former Sweets and Spices location, but I’m afraid the parking lot is not small enough.

  6. I would like to see both structures rehabilitated and bring in some new businesses if need be. To be honest, the food at the Indian restaurant is not the good, its dirty and not really a place I enjoy eating at. As for the bakery, it would be nice if a new market would open there so that we don’t have to drive to Silverlake every time we need a loaf of bread. TJ’s would be great but as the other poster noted the parking lot is not small enough.

  7. India Sweets and Spices is amazing! Say it ain’t so. One of 2 places in a Atwater you can get a great lunch for $5 (the other being tacos villa corona). Atwater doesn’t need another $14 sandwich place. I’m looking at you Bon Vivant.

  8. I tried the bakery when they have a groupon deal, not bad I guess. One sandwich I tried was good though.

    TJs sounds nice but it’ll probably get more crowded in that area as it is.

    How about we get a pie place, lol. I’d always have to go to dLA for some good pies and it’s a drag to go there.

  9. I hope India Sweets & Spices doesn’t get priced out of there… that would be a huge loss for the neighborhood. There’s very few spots to get Southern Indian food this side of town (especially all the varieties of burfis and halwas they sell.)

    But that other market up the block is already vacant, no?

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