While gentrification is a household term now in Echo Park, much of the family-owned stores along Sunset Blvd, west of Echo Park Ave., still remained untouched by the developmental changes in the area. Today marks a start to a changing corridor along the strip just across the Walgreen’s Plaza (where the upcoming Lassen’s is already announcing its arrival).
The E’Pack Family Clothing Store now stands nameless as the sign was brought down today to make way for Dinette, a new take-out sandwich shop that will feature foods from Vietnam, Cuba, along with American classics, as reported by The Eastsider LA in September 2013.
E’Pack was known as a discount store for men, women and children where customers could find bargains on T-shirts, dresses, shoes, pants and more. Taking its place, as mentioned, with be Dinette, along with an upcoming restaurant called “Libre”, both by the same owner, Gareth Kantner, who also owns Cafe Stella in Silverlake.
2014 looks to be an eventful year for Echo Park businesses, as the neighborhood is beginning to see the materialization of many late-2013 storefront news, most notably the closing of Barragan’s Mexican Restaurant, which had been in business for over 50 years. Other stores and organizations that have recently closed include Villainy General Store (also on Sunset Blvd), and the Echo Park Independent Co-Op.
With the “Chango” building also selling in the last two months for over 9 million dollars, Echo Park’s storefronts are experiencing gentrification first-hand in 2014.