Friday, October 28, 2016

New deli and wine shop in the works for Lincoln Heights

Painters working on The Heights in Lincoln Heights

Painters working on The Heights in Lincoln Heights

Storefront ReportLINCOLN HEIGHTS — Sign painters were out this week working on the exterior of The Heights Deli & Bottle Shop on North Broadway next to the Chapalita taco stand. The new deli is actually moving into what had been a larger version of Chapalita near the corner of Broadway and Johnston Street.

A worker said the new deli might be opening in 10 days but that has not been confirmed with the owners. What will The Heights be serving? The owners have not responded to a request for more information but the newly painted sign lists wine, cold cuts, pasta and sandwiches.

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  1. Wow. This is a big deal for North Broadway. As big of a deal as the now-defunct Cafe In The Heights and the vacant Rose Eye Medical Clinic lot (which was going to be banquet hall). The one thing holding Lincoln Heights back is an unpleasant walking experience on its major boulevards.

  2. This is SO awesome! It’s great to be getting something with character in Lincoln Heights! (We have more than enough dollar stores around) Can’t wait to try it!! Yay!

  3. How many families in LH did Chapalita’s feed over the years? I know my family alone has eaten more rotisserie chickens and macaroni salad from there than I can count. This is really sad to me. From the looks of it, this place is meant to cater to a newer, wealthier demographic in LH. Not too long before all the locally owned shops get bought up and replaced with hip boutiques, followed by rents rising out of control and forcing long-time LH community members out.

    • this is true and the exact thing i thought. We will be becoming the new hipster Highland Park, rents will go higher and people in Lincoln heights, can hardly afford that.

      • No one is forcing the long time residents out. Ever think that Chapalita’s can’t get enough patrons through the door because of an over saturation of Mexican food? I mean we have 15 Mexican options within half mile radius, not including taco stands. It’s time to bring in more options!

        And – Chapalita’s isn’t going anywhere…they just didn’t need the bigger space. Nothing wrong with downsizing a little and saving some money on rent.

      • You’re being dramatic. This deli can feed families just like Chapalitas. I’m sure someone said the same thing about Chapalitas when LH was an Italian enclave. “How many families did Mario’s feed over the years. I know my family alone has eaten more pizza pies and cannolis than I can count.”

        We’re going to become the next hipster laden unaffordable hot spot because of a deli that also sells some wine?? There are wines that are very cheap, and I’m sure several of the existing LH liquor stores already sell alcohol that are just as or more expensive as some of the lesser expensive items as this place may.

        Quit whining. Everyone is free to open up shop wherever they feel there is a market. You’re not entitled. Stop dropping the gentrification card every time a new business opens up that isn’t another laundr-o-mat, dollar store, or taqueria. Ridiculous…

      • The demographics of our city have changed and they keep changing. Change is a constant. We as people generally do not like change, for it is threatening. But, the market economy rules. Unless you able to provide a popular alternative the almighty dollar. No one can dictate who lives where and what their consumer choices are. With DTLA going through its renaissance, I am going to assume that most adjacent neighborhoods are going to be affected. Commercial establishments either embrace the change in demographics or suffer from a decreasing market share. It is that simple.

      • What is it with the cynical nostalgia for the “Italian enclave” that presumably dominated(?) NELA at some point in time? In fact, can anybody identify the established Italian business that was displaced by a “Chapalitas”? Otherwise, NELA has always been a diverse community of working-class people including Mexicans that are now 50% of the city’s population resulting in the safest and cleanest L.A. in my lifetime. So, IF “changing demographics” were really the engine fueling gentrification, shouldn’t THAT be the demographic being catered too? Otherwise, the business of gentrification is increasingly about displacement of the very working-class people that are the source of NELA’s appeal and character, i.e., enough of the “changing demographics” logic, which is patently cynical, disingenuous, and historically inaccurate beyond the existing and established demographic that matters most: working-class people who consider NELA home NOT just gold-mine or investment opportunity.

    • Agree 100%

  4. DUDE!!! THAT WAS MY CHICKEN SPOT!!!!!!! Colonialism strikes again …. SO bummed 🙁

    • according to the article, your “chicken spot” still exists right next door.

      please do explain how “colonialism” is involved…that certainly should make for an amusing read.

  5. It isn’t clear to me if Chapalita is closing down completely or the deli/wine shop is ” moving into what had been a larger version of Chapalita”, as the article states.

  6. Everything changes:

    “Thereafter, what would be known as North Broadway became a crowded commercial thoroughfare. And by the turn of the 20th century, unfettered industrial construction within the once scenic flood plain made it less appealing for Angelenos of means, who moved out first to the Arroyo Seco area and Hollywood, then (from the 1920s onward) to rapidly developing Mid-Wilshire. As wealthy residents departed, Lincoln Heights became home to a large Italian American population, as well some Irish American and French American (the 1850s era immigration) residents and with an increasingly large Mexican American population. It and its cross-river neighbor “Little Italy” (what is now Chinatown) formed the heart of southern California’s Italian-American community. One of the major landmarks from this period, the San Antonio Winery, continues to operate today, albeit with non-local grapes. The neighborhood’s original name was East Los Angeles, but in 1917 residents voted to change the name to Lincoln Heights. The neighborhood has slowly been gentrifying due to the Northeast Los Angeles housing price escalation of 2013 and 2014. [1]”

    • Martin Arredondo

      So true everything changes. So has our 300 lbs dwarf friend Proper Dos. I just saw him today in his skinny jeans out in front of Cafe DeLeche sipping on a soy latte.

    • Martin Arredondo

      So true everything changes. So has our 300 lbs dwarf friend Proper Dos. I just saw him today in his skinny jeans out in front of Cafe DeLeche sipping on a soy latte.

    • While I was there I think I saw aspiring “American” Martín. He was easy to identify. He was the only Mexican in khakis, checkered-shirt, and white-face, which gave him the appearance of a vitamin-D deficient zombie. It still wasn’t enough to obscure the cactus emblazoned on his forehead. He actually missed me. The Martíns of the world don’t dare make eye contact with big, dark Chicanos like myself. Especially in frontier barrios like Lincoln Heights. After all, I may blow his cover and acknowledge him as one of us (as IF everyone couldn’t already tell). If only he had been raised with a more affirmative sense of culture, self-loathing wouldn’t become his primary personality trait. To which we say, No Mames, Buey!

  7. Check the CA dept of Alcoholic BeverageControl site. Google ABC query. Same owners as Xlixe pizza in Little Tokyo.

    That’s how you do it!

  8. Great to hear as many of us drive to other cities for a variety in restaurants and much needed.
    I like the small stand next door at La Chapalita but the rotisserie chicken was nasty at the bigger one, it taste as if it was not cleaned before being cooked, and it also stunk nasty.

  9. perhaps all the iron bars on the doors and windows will seem culturally welcoming to long time residents.

    • If you could only post that to the tune “If you’re happy and you know it” we could feel the full impact of your “insight” . . . (oh brother . . .)

  10. I anticipate another overpriced indulgence without a local demand going out of business like so many bright-eyed and bushy-tailed businesses adhering to the adage, “if you build it, they will come”. Perhaps they didn’t notice that the overwhelming majority of foot traffic on N. Broadway is high-school kids and families on the weekends. Hardly the deli-demographic they’re apparently catering too(?).

    • Oh Pooper Doofus, who doesn’t like a pastrami sandwich? Or turkey and swiss? Plenty of high school kids I know. Get over yourself. It’s happening and there’s nothing you can do about it.

      • “. . . who doesn’t like a pastrami sandwich? Or turkey and swiss? Plenty of high school kids”. At what? $10-$15 a pop? It’s obvious ESFarts doesn’t know the first thing about Lincoln Heights. “It’s happening and there’s nothing you can do about it”. I don’t have to do a thing. A month doesn’t go by without another overpriced business having to close because there aren’t enough wealthy posers to sustain it.

        Try and keep up.

        • Keep up with what? Your ridiculous point of view? That you seem to know what everyone in NELA needs and wants? I don’t know what kind of circle jerk goes on in your head, but you seem to enjoy it. Please spare the rest of us.

          • I actually now realize that PD simply doesn’t believe Chicanos/Hispanics/latinos want/deserve nice things. They want to live in “barrios” and can’t afford a $10 sandwich, or a decent bottle of wine. How presumptuous.

          • “. . . simply doesn’t believe Chicanos/Hispanics/latinos want/deserve” $10-15 sandwiches, burgers, and beers. It’s not the increased variety of choices only the overpriced business agenda that intentionally seeks to marginalize current residents in favor of wealthier newcomers. Not to mention the increased traffic congestion that’s making it a hassle to even go out for routine errands at any time of the day or night.

            Also (and for the last time), this isn’t about YOUR insecurity about different races and ethnicities. This is about the displacement of community in favor of business. Ultimately, I’m not concerned that there will be enough posers to sustain this agenda throughout all of NELA. Only the damage it will do to community before it predictably peters-out. Face It. You’re already pushing or over 40. It won’t be long before you will no longer feel comfortable paying $10-$15 for a beer among the assorted 20- and 30-something hop-heads and lightweights. Eagle Rock/Colorado Blvd., fine. That’s always been the wealthier part of NELA but York, Fig, N. Broadway should remain home to the people and for the people NOT developers and greedy businesses determined to re-engineer an entire community for profit.

      • Martin Arredondo

        Remember Proper Dos is the name of a horrible hip hop group from Santa Monica. We should start calling him Westside Dos. So much for being Mr Eastsider..

        • (lol) Marteeen reaching deep into his closet of repressed identity to find that one but the handle is literal not commemorative, i.e., a Proper Dos of candor and honesty that precludes the ignorant cheerleading of posers like ArreteTonto.

          Accordingly, you may still think of me (fear me?) as Don Eastsider (get it right). I’m here, comfortably established, and remaining indefinitely . . . Expect Me.

    • I disagree, I’ve lived in Lincoln heights all my life and I’m so excited to have something new for a change. I think they might have a chance considering there aren’t many good food places. I always have to drive to highland park or China town to get something other than Mexican and McDonald’s

  11. This actually makes me so excited. Like others have said, North Broadway has so much unrealized potential. This could be the first step in the right direction for the street in terms of a broader appeal and higher levels of quality on offer. They will be very popular with people who want quality goods and live closer to Broadway than Fig or York. I can only hope this is the start of a whole wave of new business on the street. That would be totally awesome.

    Next up is the blighted Bi-Rite market property. That is literally screaming out for a cool mixed use building with retail on the ground floor and loft apartments above. Those units would be rented so quickly.

  12. I hope LH does becomes a ‘hipster’ community. Lord knows we dont need more low lives wondering at night. And besides, has anyone thought
    what revamping N.Broadway would do to us poperty owners? A LOT!

  13. I’ve never been to Chapalita’s but after reading about the change I checked the Yelp reviews and I’m definitely going to try some shrimp tacos before the week ends…and if it’s good, I’ll go back.
    As far as the sandwish place, I just love Eastside Market & Deli…and it’s not any farther than the new place….but it’s got history and very very little attitude.
    The new place will brighten up the street with the new paint job and that’ll be nice. But of course for a real real deli, it has to be Greenblatt’s….

    Speaking of newbies, I received a flyer for a ‘new’ Thai place in Eagle Rock, Thai Coconut (a coconut used for the second O)…glossy menu, fancy pictures (with tiny print disclosure on back page “Images are for reference only”….
    What? A new Thai place?
    Turns out it’s in the same place as the old Panang Restaurant…the old website even defaults to the new name.
    They sure spent a lot of money on those menus and mailing them…hope they’re decent….I’ll wait until Yelp approves.

  14. This new business saddens and concerns me. The painted signs say it will serve wine, cheese, and craft beer among other things. Where is the clientele of LH that consumes that? No, the people who inhabit Lincoln Heights eat tacos, rotisserie chicken, and drink cerveza. I would like to hear how this business owner will benefit LH and its inhabitants. Will he be hiring young Latino kids from the neighborhood who need to break into their first job? Or will he be bringing in White and Asian employees from outside the community? I am a transplant to LH, and have worked in it for almost five years now–and I want to see the historic Latino character of LH preserved! Hipster businesses do not have this neighborhood and its predominantly working class Latinos best interests’ at heart. What is at stake in this very prominent hipster-like business on Broadway in the middle of LH is the reality that as hipsters are attracted they unknowingly or knowingly push out working class Latinos who don’t live here because “the neighborhood is gritty” or “I could use cheap rent because I didn’t work as hard as my parents” or “living here is such an adventure”…no many of the present residents of LH need to be close to downtown LA for jobs and they can afford this neighborhood…and now it appears that they may be pushed out to places like Monrovia and Pomona. This is sad, and this should be politely but FIRMLY opposed. I encourage Latino residents from LH to confront and inform the business owner of this Deli to consider how his presence could bring harm to this very neighborhood.

    This is bigger than just the excitement of a new local lunch option.

    • I live down the road in El Sereno, so perhaps my opinion will be dismissed by some of you as I don’t live in LH. However, I feel the need to weigh in on this dispute as it speaks to the larger issue facing the entire area (LH, HP, ES, BH, etc….), “gentrification”. Many of you on this thread argue a loss of community identity that will somehow result from a deli moving in. To me, this sounds like simple fear mongering from a group that sees the world as a zero sum game. Perhaps I’m wrong, but it seems like those opposed to the new deli argue that any new business that does not cater to the majority of the community is somehow a threat that will inevitably lead to a negative cultural shift in the area. Sorry, I just don’t see the logic in that. That type of binary thinking is what divides people, communities and nations. Its just a deli, which will or will not survive based on demand in the community. Saying it has no place in the community is like saying those living in the area who plan on shopping there also have no place in the community. Your not saying that are you? If you are, your are the problem in your community, not those who just want a sandwich and craft beer for a change in lieu of tacos, rotisserie chicken and cervaza . Come on, life is short, expand your horizons and enjoy some variety. Or don’t, but just don’t tell others they shouldn’t either. Let me close by saying that the point of my message is not to stoke what is already a contentious topic, or attack anyone on this thread directly. Instead, I wanted to merely point out that there are many different ways of looking at any situation, to ignore them is to ignore the wonderful opportunities they present, even if it is only a pastrami sandwich. Thanks for reading and take care of each other.

      • The issue is that the community members of LH do not have the capital to invest in starting businesses that actually cater to the needs of the community. So when an outside business opens up, and can take advantage of the relatively cheap rent, but then makes zero effort to cater to the existing community, it’s frustrating. But it’s even more frustrating that the success of that business will incentivize landowners to start charging more expensive rents to the existing shops on Broadway, which will push out businesses that DO cater to the existing community, making room for more hipster shops that make the community more appealing to a demographic who can afford higher rents. If we knew that this hipster deli wasn’t just the beginning, it might not be so troubling. But we’ve seen what’s happened to York blvd, and the effect it’s had on the existing community. For families whose apartment complexes haven’t already been bought up and torn down to be replaced with higher end units, the dream of ever being able to own a home in the community they’ve helped build is pretty much long gone.

    • I’m white, Italian and live in El Sereno. My family has lived here since the 50’s same house passed down. I’m in my 30’s. Me and my wife (who is mexican/Apache) have to drive into South Pasadena to get food OTHER than mexican. Thank god for a change! I’m waiting for change in El Sereno, im tired of the drunks hanging around bugging my wife, trying to sale porn to me in front of my wife or to my wife all the trash and illegal dumping. The constant graffiti on the walls. Not being able to take a walk at night because of a drunk running up and puking in front of you or being stared down by a cholo. Tired of the crappy yards when mines nice and clean with pride and tons of cars that park for days that are broken down. Its about time. You don’t like it, tough.

    • @LHlover
      I do not think that that word means what you think that means:

      From Urban Dictionary – Hipsters are a subculture of men and women typically in their 20’s and 30’s that value independent thinking, counter-culture, progressive politics, an appreciation of art and indie-rock, creativity, intelligence, and witty banter. The greatest concentrations of hipsters can be found living in the Williamsburg, Wicker Park, and Mission District neighborhoods of major cosmopolitan centers such as New York, Chicago, and San Francisco respectively. Although “hipsterism” is really a state of mind,it is also often intertwined with distinct fashion sensibilities. Hipsters reject the culturally-ignorant attitudes of mainstream consumers, and are often be seen wearing vintage and thrift store inspired fashions, tight-fitting jeans, old-school sneakers, and sometimes thick rimmed glasses. Both hipster men and women sport similar androgynous hair styles that include combinations of messy shag cuts and asymmetric side-swept bangs. Such styles are often associated with the work of creative stylists at urban salons, and are usually too “edgy” for the culturally-sheltered mainstream consumer. The “effortless cool” urban bohemian look of a hipster is exemplified in Urban Outfitters and American Apparel ads which cater towards the hipster demographic. Despite misconceptions based on their aesthetic tastes, hipsters tend to be well educated and often have liberal arts degrees, or degrees in maths and sciences, which also require certain creative analytical thinking abilities. Consequently many hipsters tend to have jobs in the music, art, and fashion industries. It is a myth that most hipsters are unemployed and live off of their parent’s trust funds.
      Hipsters shun mainstream societal conventions that apply to dating preferences and traditional “rules” of physical attraction. It is part of the hipster central dogma not to be influenced by mainsream advertising and media, which tends to only promote ethnocentric ideals of beauty. The concepts of androgyny and feminism have influenced hipster culture, where hipster men are often as thin as the women they date. The muscular and athletic all-American male ideal is not seen as attractive by confident and culturally-empowered hipster women who instead view them as symbols of male oppression, sexism, and misogyny. Likewise, culturally-vapid sorority-type girls with fake blond hair, overly tanned skin, and “Britney Spears tube-tops” are not seen as attractive by cultured hipster males who instead see them as symbols of female insecurity, low self-esteem, and lack of cultural intelligence and independent thinking. Hipsters are also very racially open-minded, and the greatest number of interracial couples in any urban environment are typically found within the hipster subculture.
      Although hipsters are technically conformists within their own subculture, in comparison to the much larger mainstream mass, they are pioneers and leaders of the latest cultural trends and ideals. For example, the surge of jeans made to look old and worn (i.e. “distressed”), that have become prevalent at stores such as The Gap, American Eagle, Abercrombie and Fitch, and Hollister, were originally paraded by hipsters who shopped in thrift stores years before such clothing items were mass produced and sold to the mainstream consumer. The true irony here is that many of the detractors of hipster culture are in fact unknowingly following a path that hipsters have carved out years before them. This phenomena also applies to music as well, as many bands have become successful and known to mainstream audiences only because hipsters first found and listened to them as early-adopters of new culture. Once certain concepts of fashion and music have reached mainstream audiences, hipsters move on to something new and improved.
      Because of the rise of various online photo-blog and social networking sites, insights into urban hipster culture is reaching sheltered suburban audiences at an exponential rate. Cultural “norms” have been deconstructed by hipster culture as a whole. Hipsterism is often dismissed as just an image thing by some, but the culture as a whole is effecting changes in society, leading to feelings of insecurity and resentment in people who are no longer a part of the cultural ruling class. For example, a lot of anti-hipster sentiment evidently comes from culturally-clueless suburban frat boy types who feel that the more sensitive, intelligent, and culturally aware hipster ideal threatens their insecure sense of masculinity. Anti-hipster sentiment often comes from people who simply can’t keep up with social change and are envious of those who can.

  15. @John Q. — Since I perceive you’re mainly responding to my post, I will offer a response. I appreciate your evenhanded and calm tone. I agree that gentrification is a contentious topic and the more rational and understanding we can be of every side on these issues–so much the better.

    “Perhaps I’m wrong, but it seems like those opposed to the new deli argue that any new business that does not cater to the majority of the community is somehow a threat that will inevitably lead to a negative cultural shift in the area. Sorry, I just don’t see the logic in that. That type of binary thinking is what divides people, communities and nations. Its just a deli, which will or will not survive based on demand in the community. Saying it has no place in the community is like saying those living in the area who plan on shopping there also have no place in the community.”

    As I said in my post, the food being advertised is overwhelmingly hipsterish and will I would wager attract primarily hipster clientele. Opening a business catering to hipsters on the middle of Broadway (the key street of LH of course) will have a snowball effect. Highland Park did not gentrify in a day. It happened little by little, and now working class Latinos are being priced out there.

    In terms of binary thinking, I will say this–I don’t hate hipsters. I like their coffee and even their craft beer. I’m a middle class white guy actually. I don’t hate the owner of this new deli, but I will likely approach them in the community and ask about their intentions in this community and whether they’ve weighed how their business will affect their new neighbors here. If this Deli contributes and invests in its neighborhood and seeks to be a good vecino to its new neighbors, I will feel better about its arrival. But, the recent history of Silverlake, Echo Park, and especially Highland Park demonstrate that businesses like these are a harbinger of adventurous hipsters who have the wealth & privilege to live elsewhere but selfishly choose to move in and essentially make these working class neighborhoods their own. The longer residents of these neighborhoods have less wealth and less living options–and so the whims of the middle class do harm to the working class who are taken advantage of enough as it is. This is wrong.

    I wonder John Q., are you originally from El Sereno? Do you have working class friends from ES or LH who would give you an honest answer on these issues? To you, I’m being binary and uptight, but it sounds like possible privilege and actual insulation from poverty allows you to feel like this isn’t a serious situation. Allow me to personalize this situation for you–a friend originally from LH and I were praying for God’s protection of the marginalized and oppressed in LH as we saw this new blatant sign of gentrification, and he started crying as he prayed, “Lord, I was born and raised here in LH, and I want to raise my children here too…” This friend of mine works in Highland Park, he’s seen the changes. If the recent pattern holds true, the “wonderful opportunities” that are presented to him are seeing his hometown change drastically over the next 10 years that will serve hipster recent arrivals, and disadvantage long-term Latino working class residents.

    I realize gentrification is the national trend. I realize that in small doses it can give a boost to the local economy and improve public schools, etc. I’m not being binary in my thinking. I’m just giving a listening ear to the working class folks of LH and to them and their lives as they know it–this prominent new deli looks like the start of what happened in Highland Park and I have to agree with them. Thanks for reading. I hope this convo proves fruitful for us both, and that it sheds light on this issue for others who read these comments.

    • You’re proposing that in certain zones– LH in this case– we should forbid businesses that will provide services/products that would generally be considered “expensive” by working class standards. Such a joke. You are not entitled. I am not entitled. We are not entitled. We’re all free to sell our products and services wherever people will pay for them. If you do not want a sandwich, some craft beer, or some wine, then just don’t buy any. Super simple. Ironically, your dire cry for keeping all commerce and culture catered to one social class, the working class– or as you put it with such bigoted specificity: the “Latino working class”– is much more pro-segregation than the gentrification that you’re trying to scare everyone about. Quit whining; Start wining 😉

  16. Being a person from the “white working class” , I have worked in construction labor literally my whole life, and I still do everyday , albeit for myself because of the hard work I put in learning trades. No loans, No trust funds, Blood, Sweat Tears. I employ mostly latinos and work along side of them and have gained respect among my co workers as I do not ask them to do anything that I haven’t done or wouldn’t do.
    This being said, I have never met a bunch of self loathing whiners wearing “working class” on their sleeves like I have here on the comments section of The Eastsider. I doubt any of the biggest pro LaRaza revolutionaries on here have ever carried 90 lb bags of cement 4 flights of stairs ,or hot tarred roofs in 90 degree sun, worked in sub zero conditions framing houses, dug trenches in feces ridden soil. However; I digress.
    I have actually been to this sandwich shop and let me despoil the infantile comments that the “working class” warriors are inaccurately assuming about this place:
    1. The Asian lady, not white hipster, who opened this place has hired ALL local latino workers she was in there actually training some of the young guys.
    2. The sandwiches are huge and can feed two kids easily and are the EXACT same price as Eastside Market, which is beloved by many “working class” folk.
    3. 10$ will get you a wonderful 6 pack of finely crafted micro brew beer from Figuaroa Mountain Brewery.
    4. The Chapalita is renting the space to the Heights for much greater profit than it being used sparsely.

    These points beckon some questions about the negativity towards this new business.
    Would you naysayers refuse this new source of employment for local LATINO kids, cooks and laborers?

    Would it be better if it was left empty and barricaded only being used for an occasional Quinceañera?

    Does a new diversity of eating options make you question your station in life? Does it represent a paradigm shift in how you perceive your community?
    Should “white people” “Asian Business owners” “hipsters” say out of “your” community because it is affordable?

    Let me share an actual fact with you, most of the people moving to “devalued” areas do so because of the affordability.
    I say “devalued” because that is exactly how “pre-gentrified” areas start out, with garbage strewn streets, messy yards, beat down houses and ambivalent neighbors who turn a blind eye to gang violence or illegal activity either out of fear or complicity.
    Most of the “new comers” ARE NOT wealthy and are usually young creatives of life long artists who live on minimum wage with roommates. The fact that these “hipsters” “new comers” “white People” are trying to eek out a living in an increasingly expensive world is NOT up for approval of people who have neglected their community either by complacency or bigotry. Thats right, restricting admittance to a neighborhood is UN- American and has nothing to do with what makes this country great. You hate change? then you hate America.

  17. N.E. LA was an Italian area for years no big deal – We love the Eastsider!

  18. No one has mentioned Maracas Cafe and Catering. We’ve been there since Dec. Of 2009. Corner of N. Broadway and Gates.

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