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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