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Red Velvet Cupcake Alert! Auntie Em’s Kitchen in Eagle Rock to close

EAGLE ROCK — If you had resolved to get lean in the new year, you may want to put that resolution on hold this week for a final visit to Auntie Em’s Kitchen. Owner Terri Wahl said she is closing her Eagle Rock Boulevard cafe this weekend to focus on her catering business and personal life.

Wahl got into the catering business and eventually opened Auntie Em’s about 15 years ago after her career as a singer and guitarist in an all-girl punk band, The Red Aunts, came to an end. On a sleepy stretch of Eagle Rock Boulevard, Wahl attracted customers to her cafe and bakery with red velvet cupcakes, hearty breakfast hashes and other comfort-food fare. She expanded to Downtown and also published a cookbook, The Auntie Em’s Cookbook: A Musician’s Guide to Breakfast & Brunch.

Why is she closing? Wahl said in an email:

“My catering business [The Spotted Hen] is incredibly busy, and that is always where my passion has been and where my roots are. Running a brick-and-mortar location gets harder and harder each year. Costs keep going up. The gas company ripped up my entire street for 5 months last year, and that was devastatingly hard to come back from. But the main reason is that I want more time at home with my husband, my 3 dogs, my 9 chickens and my garden.”

Would she consider ever opening another restaurant?

“At this point I teach cooking classes at Urban Kitchen in South Pasadena and am very busy with my catering business,” Wahl said. “But I never say no to a good idea.”

Auntie Em’s final day will be Sunday, Feb. 5.

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20 comments

  1. So sad to lose my favorite breakfast joint. Love the staff and the delicious food and baked treats. Best of luck to Terri and all the good people who work there.

  2. Oh no! So sad that they are closing.

  3. Auntie Em’s:Eagle Rock :: Netty’s:Silver Lake — 10 years later. Great food in relaxed and un-fussy surroundings. A loss.

  4. I haven’t thought about Netty’s in, oh, about 10 years.

  5. auntie em’s was the first restaurant in the area that made it feel like my kind of town, sorry to see it go

  6. Where are all the Anti-Gentrification comments?

  7. Ms. Wahl purchased the already-estblished Auntie Em’s from Hugh Harrison and his business partner (whose name I cannot remember). Glad she had a good run with it but she took over an already-successful Auntie Em’s. Wish this writer had done a little more research.

    • Margaret is right. I can visualize the couple who were Hugh’s partners, also cannot recall their names. They had a long run too.

  8. Eh, the first time we went here, on a warm spring day, we were seated in the back where we had to cope with giant flies and the aroma of rotting garbage coming from the dumpster. Never made it back.

  9. Sorry to hear Auntie Em’s is closing but very happy & excited for you going full steam ahead on your catering business…….good for You!!!!

    Auntie Em’s did my husband Armando’s 50th Birthday catering & cake last year June 2015 (all of it was very good).

    Will definitely keep my eyes open for your “Spotted Hen” catering………….does catering business have a website?

  10. Bummer! Went there once and thought the place had such a great vibe.

  11. Jennifer Christensen

    What sad news! Auntie Em’s provided our wedding cupcakes– chocolate, carrot, red velvet, and coconut (my fave)– which were a HUGE hit and made the day even more festive and special. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I no longer live in the area, but have returned on a number of occasions and am sad that I won’t have one last chance. Wishing you all the best.

  12. I’ve got an older friend in a nursing home who always counts on me bringing the mini red velvets. Cakes will be missed.

  13. Ha ha I thought she was closing because her employees were victim to wage theft. She is currently under investigation. Nice lie. I did like the food though. Shame.

  14. The giant biscuit breakfast sandwich was amazing!

  15. We will miss the red velvet cake & cupcakes. I’ll have to look elsewhere for my birthday sweets.

  16. Ed, Pauland Sam, we are devastated.

    I hope our friends there will keep in touch, you have my card!

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