A demolition crew has begun gutting the former Phoenix Bakery building at the corner of Echo Park Avenue and Montana Street. The bakery closed in 2006 shortly after the property and the former Pioneer Market on the same block were taken over by Walgreens drug store. Since then, the former bakery has been the source of neighborhood complaints as trash piled up and the patio and parking lot became a refuge for the homeless. What’s next for this building? Construction permits filed with the Building & Safety Department provide few details, saying only that “tenant improvements” will be made to the existing take-out restaurant and that a portion of the building will be converted for “sales of prepackaged food only.”
There was no information about the potential tenant. However, one neighborhood restaurant owner said there had been talk of a Los Angeles gastropub taking a look at the 1,380-square-foot building but did not know if any lease had been signed. But Echo Park foodies should not get their hopes up. Many neighbors were left disappointed earlier this year when the former Pioneer Chicken, which sits across the parking lot from the former bakery, reopened as a Little Ceasar’s pizza
* Update on Friday, Dec. 17: Jason Michaud, owner of Silver Lake’s Local restaurant, said he has leased the building. More details to come.