Friday, August 31, 2012

Should an Echo Park intersection be named “Vin Scully Square”?

Last night, Dodger Stadium honored 84-year-old Dodger Stadium announcer Vin Scully with his very own bobblehead. Current GEPENC president and CD13 candidate Jose Sigala also wants to honor the legend – he is petitioning for the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Elysian Park Avenue be officially named “Vin Scully Square.”

The corner is just a stone’s throw from the Elysian Park gate into the Stadium, and where you’ll find some of the heaviest traffic after a big game.
Click here to sign Sigala’s online petition.
Scully also ust recently announced he will return next year for his 64th season in 2013!
Posted by Kelly at EchoParkNow  August 31, 2012

Friday, August 24, 2012

Nightfall in L.A.

Nightfall, Video on Vimeo
Cinematography, Direction, and Editing by: Colin Rich:
Produced by Pacific Star Productions

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Diablo, The New Kid On The Block

Last night we went to Diablo, Urban Taco Fabricator, the newest restaurant in Silver Lake. This is one very cool restaurant with some unique Tacos on the menu.
The location used to be a Parilla Family Mexican Restaurant,(which still has their original location in East Los Angeles), and was just recently sold and transformed from it's former self into a unique and hip restaurant.
When you see it from the outside, you can't imagine what is behind the heavy wood doors. Entering brings you into a large room where you place your order and take a number to a table in the next room. The decor, with cement flooring, brown paint and red brick walls, wood tables and metal chairs is a very modern look.
We tried 4 different tacos, each as good as the last, and they have an extensive beer and wine menu.
Along with the very friendly staff, we got to talk with one of the owners, Summer, who told us since opening the place has been doing very good business, and we could see why.
The menu is available online at Diablo Menu PDF
and their official website is
Not to drop names, but while we were there none other than Tabitha, from Tabitha's Salon Takeover on Bravo was also dining there!
This is a great little hangout spot in Silver Lake.
We were also told 2 more restaurants are coming, so Sunset Boulevard from Silver Lake to Echo Park is becoming quite the restaurant row!
While Diablo means devil in spanish, you may also note their phone number has 2 666's in it!!

Diablo Urban Taco Fabricator is located at:
3129 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Excellent Article Update on the Lake Construction

Kelly at EchoParkNow has posted an update with great photos on what's going on with the Echo Park Lake Construction.
Lots of great things coming.
You can read the full article here

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Echo Park Lake Update

Some good news from the Echo Park Lake
Rehabilitation site, seems they are on track
to finish the lake on schedule.
May of 2013.
Though the way it looks now, I hope they're right.

A new look and name for an Echo Park coffee house

The new owners of the Downbeat Cafe have given the Echo Park coffee house a new look and name: Echo Lake Coffee Co. Six months after brothers Cesar and Sergio Diaz purchased the business, the new Echo Lake Coffee name appeared over the weekend on a bright blue awning that replaced the Downbeat’s faded purple canopy over the Alvarado Storefront. The new name, which was inspired by nearby Echo Park Lake, and awning on the outside signals changes inside one of Echo Park’s first coffee house, where a new paint job has brightened up the inside and new banquette seating has been installed on along one wall. “As part of our transformation, it was time to change the name,” said Cesar Diaz. “Everybody knew the [Downbeat] name but many had not been around in years.”

The interior changes are designed to make the space for customers to have meeting and bring their laptops, Diaz said
While the Downbeat Cafe name is gone, Diaz said the coffeehouse’s Wednesday evening jazz performances will now be called Downbeat Jazz Night.
From TheEastsiderLA

Filmed in Echo Park

On occasion I like to post about cool things filmed in Echo Park, but this one is particularly special because it’s the debut music video of our very, very good friends of Nude Data. Transplant Productions is the video production team extraordinaire, and we think they did a great job of highlighting some key Echo Park locations like Laveta Terrace, the bus stop at Sunset and Portia, Little Joy (briefly), and a local recording studio by the name of Out of Hand. The rest is Chinatown and Spring Street – all pretty cool locations.
Posted by Kelly on EchoParkNow

Monday, August 6, 2012

Thursday, August 2, 2012

If Echo Park gets a Taix Square, will Brite Spot Plaza be far behind?

This year marks the 85th anniversary of Taix French Restaurant, and Councilman Eric Garcetti wants to honor the Echo Park dining institution  by naming the intersection  in front of the restaurant Taix Square. The signs that would be installed at Sunset Boulevard and Park Avenue are  ceremonial in nature ad are similar to the Fletcher Square signs that recently appeared in Glassell Park.  Garcetti’s council motion reads:
Since 1962, TAIX has operated at its current Location in Echo Park and been a beacon for delicious cuisine, the finest staff, all the while developing into a citywide Landmark. I THEREFORE MOVE that the intersection of West Sunset Boulevard and Park Avenue in Echo Park be named “TAIX Square” and direct the Department of Transportation to erect permanent ceremonial signage to this effect.
But what about Echo Park’s many other long-time restaurants? Won’t they want their own square, too? Brite Spot, the diner located across the street from Taix at the same intersection, has been in business since 1949. Three blocks east on Sunset, Barragan’s Mexican Restaurant opened in 1961 and remains operated by the same family.  Looks like the city might have to find more ceremonial signs and Echo Park intersections.
From TheEastiderLA 8/2/2012