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Echo Park’s Chango Coffee serves up its last cup

Chango Coffeehouse

Echo Park  — Chango, one of the neighborhood’s first coffee houses, has closed its doors for good, with the owners  blaming the closure on rising operating expenses, increased competition and the need to make costly repairs.

The windows of the Echo Park Avenue cafe, which opened more than a decade ago as neighborhood gentrification was shifting into higher gear, were papered over this morning.

“We have made the very difficult decision to cease operations,” said co owners Jenna Turner and Marc Gallucci in statement. “We had been in negotiations to sell Chango, but negotiations were complicated and unfortunately the deal fell through.”

They added:

“As business owners, we recognize that tough decisions need to be made and sometimes, abruptly to minimize all-around damage. 7 years ago, we were on the forefront of the coffee shop experience in a neighborhood on the brink of gentrification. The coffee scene, along with the neighborhood has experienced explosive growth creating a dynamic competitive marketplace. We are honored to have been a part of this community and neighborhood and will miss our loyal and dedicated customer base. In addition we would like to publicly thank our fantastic management team and staff members for making Chango all that is was. They created a culture of community, stability, familiarity and caring and for that we are forever grateful.”

Turner is also the owner of Habitat cafe in Glassell Park. Gallucci was the owner of the former Fix Coffee, which operated several blocks north of Chango in Elysian Heights before it closed last year.

It’s not know what will replace Chango. But, said Turner,  “it will be a feeding frenzy for that space for sure.”

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22 comments

  1. Iheartechopark

    Sad to hear.

  2. Thanks for being pioneers in EP. You guys were great neighbors.

  3. Bye Felicia!

  4. Bring back “El Batey.” They were there for decades……..DECADES.

  5. Are we entering the 4th wave of coffee now?

  6. mario hernandez

    See ya !!!

  7. No!! Echo Park needs coffee! We have to stay awake to work the graveyard shift to pay our rent!

  8. Looks like a good spot for another Starbucks Reserve

  9. Canary in the Coalmine

    I still miss Carmelo’s. Now THAT was coffee.

    • Ahhahahhaah ! YES ! All these newbies tryingvto lay down a facade of what the neighborhood should look like to appease their suburban needs .

  10. Don’t let the door hit you as you leave. Bye Felicia. Lol. Thank mayor Garcetti.

  11. The staff were efficient and kind, They remembered my order by heart and always had i smile for me.

  12. iheartechopark

    Haters and Trolls. 14 people are now out of work and a lively community spot is now empty. Hope your negativity comes back to you in spades.

    • echoparknative

      those 14 people im sure will find another hipster coffee shop to work in, in a new up and coming neighborhood where they will being the eviction of hundreds of families that can no longer life in the homes they grew up in! awesome!

      • Maybe these “poor families “ should have thought of buying instead of renting when homes were affordable.

  13. I’ll miss the employees. For a job that I assume didn’t pay much there was a few generations of long term term friendly and truly nice people who worked there over the years.

  14. I totally concur! Been in EP since 2000 and I can’t remember what year they opened, but they were a welcome addition. Easy to grab breakfast and lunch options on your way in and out of the neighborhood. Super nice employees. Let’s hope we get something equally fantastic for our diverse and ever-changing little community.

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