Sale is in the works for Echo Park’s Brite Spot diner [updated]

Echo Park Brite Spot diner being sold

Echo Park  —  It looks the Brite Spot, the Echo Park diner that has been around for nearly 60 years, is about to change hands.

A person familiar with the deal said the sale of the Sunset Boulevard restaurant is in the final stages — but has not been finalized. One Eastsider reader that the Brite Spot was closed this morning.

The new owners, who also own other local restaurants, are buying the Brite Spot from Silver Lake businesswoman Dana Hollister, who also owns Cliff’s Edge restaurant and the Paramour Estate in Silver Lake.

The Brite Spot has had several owners over the decades. Hollister has owned the diner for about 14 year and has revamped the decor and menu over and also added a large patio.

After once catering to late-night diners leaving the neighborhood’s bars and clubs, the Brite Spot began closing in the afternoon in recent years.

It’s not known what changes the new owners have in mind once a sale is completed.

If the sale goes through, what changes would you like to see or should the Brite Spot remain the same?

Update on Monday, Sept. 17: Jaime Turrey and Brooke Fruchtman, the couple who own Ostrich Farm restaurant and Bar Caló in Echo Park, have completed the purchase of the Brite Spot, says Eater LA.  The new owners told Eater that  “we look forward to getting to know the Brite Spot and its loyal customers, and, over time, introducing some new developments, including menu items and extended hours.”

A sign on the front door of the Brite Spot said it will reopen on Wednesday after repairs are made.

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  1. Heather Huntington


  2. I hope we get a diner that’s open for dinner again. Those hours haven’t worked for me or many I know.

  3. Yeah it’s always closed? The most obvious change is for it to be open from time to time?

    Though realistically, this is a *prime* development site and that’s probably what will become of it…

  4. I hope the next owner gives the outside a welcoming facelift and updates the signage to read “Another Bright Spot”

    • They probably will — they will probably make it a 30-story building, completely new facelift.

      Otherwise, the price of buying the real estate will prevent a meal at a price anyone can afford other than the newcomers who splurge well more than a million dollars for a cracker box home.

  5. These place needs a DEEEEEEEP clean. Everything needs to be fixed and freshened up, including the menu. I hope the new owners retain the “charm,” keep the details, keep it open late, and take advantage of the location’s nightlife proximity. And I honestly loved watching Dana bark at the staff from a bar stool, so she can stay.

  6. Hope it gets the overhaul it deserves

  7. What happened here? A new chef took over and decided to be closed for dinner? I’m surprised it lasted this long after that decision.

  8. The Neighborhood has not been the same since the restaurant became a brunch only joint. Hopefully the late night hours will be reinstated. The change was a CRIME

  9. What is the chance that Ms. Hollister has been negociating with the ArchDiocese of Los Angeles to transfer her interest in Alexander’s Brite Spot as partial satisfaction of the court-ordered multi-million$$ judgement she must pay them?

    • zero percent

    • Interesting comment. Could you provide more details on this?

      • Knot Bernie is referring to Katy Perry’s lawsuit over buying the former nuns’ monastery on Waverly Drive. Hollister was involved in seeking to buy it from the nuns, rather than from the archdiocese, which already had reached a sale agreement with Perry.

        Court ruled the archdiocese was the one that had the right to sell. And the archdiocese had argued that Holister’s offer was not reliable, was even potentially a fraud, contended no money would be realized by the nuns. Perry got it, and a judgement was entered against Hollister.

  10. i miss the OLD Brite Spot when it was just a real coffeeshop diner!! over the last ten years this neighborhood gem got turned into a clown-car of a restaurant. It used to be the real deal, and completely satisfying with basic un-fancy offerings. It got “fancy”-ier and hipper but just lost the hard-earned soul. @#!@! The great old waitresses that used to work there!!! signed, cranky oldster

    • Agreed. Before Dana bought it, it was a real coffee shop where the largely Latino servers had been there forever, wearing their white shirts and bow ties and the breakfast special was $2.99. A real time machine.

      The first time we went after the sale, our swaggering 20 year old server sat down in our booth with us to explain the (much pricier) menu. The interior was largely the same but now included assorted random junk from Silver Lake Salvage that telegraphed what, irony? “Don’t worry, this isn’t grandpas’s coffee shop.”

      It went from real to obnoxious. Why can’t people recognize gems without being told that they’re hip?

      Watch Denny’s partner with Eggslut on a new flagship for the space.

      The evolution of the Brite Spot is kind of like the rest of Echo Park writ small.

      End of rant.

      • Indeed. The pre-hipster version of The Brite Spot had an Edward Hopper-level seriousness of mood, one in which 90s-era musicians lowered their voices as they entered it, to sink into a conspiracy of slow, geriatric behavior to offset the invigorating weather and activity outside. Energy-conserving and very adult waitstaff were attentive and calm, soon to be replaced by Zoloft-powered performing meta-servers, dipped in tattoo ink.
        I will admit I had the worst meatloaf of my life from the original Brite Spot menu; it only accelerated my move to vegetarianism. Still, I went back there to eat late breakfasts and draw in the dim, youth-constrained environment, at least until the millennialification.
        Last time I went there I was surrounded by sourpuss, self-conscious hipsters, though I appreciated that the actual structure and environment were more or less the same.
        I hope Brite Spot gets the hipster-free reboot is has always deserved. The neighborhood is rapidly becoming generic and uninteresting.

  11. While buying and selling are tricky. I like the Brite Spot. Good food. Suggestions, keep same cooks, same menu- if you change it change it slowly. Ask your patrons for suggestions. I’d love to see the Cream of Wheat come back. But who am I. A patron. Why I go elsewhere for breakfast. I go for lunch. But never breakfast. If they had Cream of Wheat I would. Plus other breakfasts. Got a place where I can get it. So I’m loyal.

  12. Great food just expand operations hours and get that liquor license!

  13. It’ll turn into another Ostrich Farm with high prices and faux reclaimed wood and bright lights. Honestly, if it went back to being a diner actually is, that would be awesome.

  14. Please have more vegan options.

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