SILVER LAKE — Nadine Trujillo served up her last orders of Queso Frito and carnitas over the weekend after deciding to shut down Alegria on Sunset. Trujillo said she is retiring 22 years after opening the Mexican restaurant, which was originally located in Echo Park before moving to a Sunset Boulevard strip mall.
Trujillo left behind a management job at a large company to open her own restaurant, she told the L.A. Times in a 1995 L.A. Times article. Trujillo said:
In 1993 I rented a taco stand in Echo Park. I named it Alegria, which means “joy” in Spanish. I specifically chose that name because it is a joy to cook.
Two years later Trujillo moved to Silver Lake after the ceiling of her Echo Park restaurant was damaged during a rainstorm.
There’s no word yet what will be replacing Alegria.
Updated @ 2:51 p.m. Apparently one of Los Angeles hottest chefs, Ludo Lefebvre, might be looking to takeover the space with partners. Dan Gershon, a Silver Lake resident who has contributed photos and news to The Eastsider, spotted Lefebvre in line at a Silver Lake Chinese restaurant this afternoon. Lefebvre told Gershon he was opening a restaurant in the Alegria space with business partners.
Lefebvre was later spotted inside Alegria with others but a man at the door said he could not confirm or deny whether the French chef was opening a Silver Lake outpost. Meanwhile, Lefebvre’s Instagram account has posted a photo of Alegria’s interior. “We got a new place,” says a posting on the account.
Eater LA reports that Lefebvre is teaming up with Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo for their third venture.
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