Silver Lake — Sunset Junction — the hub of the neighborhood restaurants, shops and nightlife — has witnessed the departure of several businesses in recent weeks as well as the arrival of some newcomers. Here’s a rundown of what’s been going on:
The Silver Lake El Pollo Loco has shuttered
The fast-food Mexican restaurant is currently boarded and signs were posted directing customers to the Pollo Loco on Vermont Avenue. What happened? A company spokesperson said the restaurant was damaged by a fire on December 2 and will not reopen. Some members of a local Facebook group lamented the loss of the affordable dining option in the neighborhood.
What will replace Pollo Loco, which has a prominent spot at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Sanborn Street as well as a precious commodity: a parking lot. There’s a Starbucks rumor floating about but there’s no confirmation of that and the property has not appeared on any real estate listing sites.
Sunset Junction Coffee Shop closing
The 1,500-square-foot coffee shop — which was previously known as Eat Well, and, way back when, Seafood Bay — is up for lease, according to LoopNet. Owner Jenna Turner, who opened the coffee shop in 2012, said it will close for good on Jan. 27 after the new landlord wanted to try a new approach, according to Eater. Turner last year closed Chango Coffee in Echo Park but remains owner of Habitat Coffee and D3 in Glassell Park.
Blossom Restaurant for sale
Chef Duc Pham has put the 8-year-old Vietnamese restaurant up for sale along with an agreement to extend the lease, according to the LoopNet Listing. The buyer would end up with more than 3,000-square-feet of space spread over two levels. The lease starts off at more than $6,400 a month and goes up from there!
Creatures of Comfort shuttered only after a year
Creatures of Comfort, a high-end women’s apparel store, shuttered only a year after it hosted a swanky grand opening party attended by several of its celebrity clients.
Yolk Design Store moves in
Yolk Design Store, a gift and homewares shop, has opened in the former Bar Keeper space. Meanwhile, Yolk has closed its original store on Silver Lake Boulevard. Yolk Design Store is at 3910 W. Sunset Blvd.
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