Aussie restaurateurs taking over former Fix Coffee in Elysian Heights

ELYSIAN HEIGHTS — One of the most asked questions around the neighborhood during the past few months has been,  “What’s going to replace Fix Coffee”?  There’s finally an answer: Australian restaurant owners Bonnie Shearston and Tom Sanceau are taking over the space.

After opening half a dozen restaurants, bars and pubs in Australia under their HappyFat Group,  the business partners are taking a big leap by opening their newest restaurant at the corner of Echo Park Avenue and Baxter Street, where Fix Coffee closed in March.

“The HappyFat duo will oversee operations, commuting between L.A. and Brisbane for the foreseeable future,” said a company statement. “However, they will be feeding into a local, dynamic team lead by Australian Chef, Alison Trent.”

Trent has worked in the kitchens of several high-end restaurants, including Providence, Bouchon Beverly Hills and the French Laundry. The restaurant is to be called Pollen, says the Brisbane Broadsheet.

No word yet about the menu. But Shearston told The Eastsider that the restaurant will be starting with breakfast and lunch seven days a week.  “We are waiting for our beer and wine license to be approved, once it has been we will definitely be opening for dinners, too,” Shearston said in an email.

The new restaurant is scheduled to open in December.

The Australian restaurant operators will be taking over the only cafe located in the overwhelmingly residential Elysian Heights section of Echo Park.

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  1. awesome, I look forward to having something close by again!

    Eastsider, can you find out what’s happening at 1509 Echo Park Ave? (next to the cactus store) A sign posted says it’s a new restaurant.

  2. I hope they are opened in the morning for coffee and keep the communal vibe, even if they are not at all local.

  3. Best of luck to them. Often enjoyed a coffee in the morning and beer in the eve after a walk in the park at Fix. Glad it’s going to stay as a cafe.

  4. nice. looking forward to adding the new place back into my Sunday morning hikes.. always a great way to end.. with an iced latte and breakfast…

  5. Thank you for the update! Good news!

  6. I loved FIX in the beginning but then it got overrun with dogs. It was always like Silver Lake dog park in there. Dust kicked up, barking, growling and of course – if you sit on the banquette you stand up and your pants are full of dog hair.

  7. Didn’t know Fix closed. I always wanted to go there.

  8. i hope they have meatpies

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