ECHO PARK — Israel Palacios was getting close to giving up finding a new home for his family’s pizzeria, Pizza Buona, which closed last December after being priced out of its old location. But while he was getting his hair cut, Palacios heard that another Echo Park restaurant owner was interested in selling the business. That tip resulted in Pizza Buona eventually securing its new place, which opened today right before lunch.
Palacios, his mother, Otilia Schweitzer, and the rest of the Pizza Buona crew were getting used to working in the new, smaller restaurant inside a shopping center at the corner of Alvarado and Montrose streets. That’s one block south of its previous location where it had operated for more than 50 years.
Customers squeezed into the small dining room for lunch as Schweitzer navigated the tight confines of the new kitchen, dominated by the pizza oven brought over from the old restaurant. Palacios, who was busy on the phone taking orders, said he was happy to reopen and see customers return.
“Everyone is back,” he said.
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