Silver Lake’s Backdoor Bakery & Cafe’s Last Day

On the heels of the vaunted L.A. Mill Coffee Boutique finally and grandly opening comes the crap news* that Silver Lake’s beloved Backdoor Bakery & Cafe — makers of the Bestest Damn Fried Egg & Bacon Sammich On Sourdough Ever — up the street will be closing its doors after some 17 years at its location on Silver Lake Boulevard across from Spaceland. Today, thanks to their landlord serving them up 30 days notice last month.

From the post at Backdoor’s MySpace blog:

I wish I could say we were leaving happily, but the snarky fact is that our landlady, Myrna Marin, owner of Modem Salon [next door], kicked us out with only 30 days notice in December. I guess this was her Christmas present to us and our staff. Well at least that’s how we’re taking it.

The good news is that the owners are making arrangements to re-open at a bigger location. The bad news is they don’t know how long that’ll take or where they’ll be. Too bad they can’t move into what once was Nelly’s next door but last I saw was still the shell of renovational nothingness it’s been for what seems more than a year now.

* Thanks to the tip from our Sean… who knows more about what’s going on here from his present location in London than I do from a half-mile away.

11 Replies to “Silver Lake’s Backdoor Bakery & Cafe’s Last Day”

  1. And I thought the vibe in LAMill was the worst feeling I’d have all weekend. This is shit news — I’ll have to pay homage today and take an extra moment to curse Modern Salon’s idiotically over-the-top fake-waterfall brick-wall facade.

    Seriously, Backdoor — like Netty’s — was among the most charming, tasty, and cozy places on Silver Lake Blvd. I hope Backdoor gets lucky with their new space — and soon!

  2. Yeah, this sucks.

    Though if they took the opportunity to change their name so they don’t sound like a bakery devoted to raunchy gay sex it could have a silver lining.

  3. Why the knocks on the Landlord? If Backdoor wanted security they should not have been so stupid as to stay in a month-to-month lease. No one to balem but themselves.

    By the way, comparing Backdoor to Netty’s is just plane wrong. When I lived in the hipster ghetto we ate at Netty’s all the time- great food and ambience. Backdoor? Once and that was it. Snippy attitude and crappy food. so long!!

  4. the food here is good, i’ve eaten many of the stuffed croissants and they fill you for the day for sure. their new desert-style pastries that they recently started featuring look very nice indeed. service has always been good for me. i remember their being an ad in the coffee shop for a long time stating that they were interested in adoption. that, for me made the owners seems almost saintly in their disposition. loosing that spot will make silverlake boulevard a bit of a wasteland as far as i’m concerned. really a shame. and kind of unbelievable.

  5. I always thought that Modem place was exuding a rather asshole-y kind of vibe into the world and now to discover it’s their fault no one will A) get another laugh over the buttseck innuendo of the name of this cafe or B) get a dang croissant anymo.

  6. Backdoor is good? Sure, if you like flies on your food, slow service and a “who gives a damn” attitude.
    But they did give treats to dogs, I’ll give them that.

  7. once I found a hair in the spinach and cheese croissant there….but I must say even with the hair…arguably the best croissant in LA….next to Europane. Attitude heaven in there and a lot of the customers were non neigborhood people…they’d drive their shitboxes in and sit there all day…pathetic..like at Tropical. Silverlake is going to shit. STAY AWAY westside trash.

  8. Will agree with other poster….not landlords fault…that’s the rules. They only need give 30 days. That space was just the right size though…more space means more asshole customers trucked in…like silverlake coffee, rambutan thai, gingergrass, pho cafe, silverlake wine, red lion…etc. I miss seeing my neighbors in these places. If you’re just moving to silverlake now…it’s sort of over for you.

  9. Saintly owners? Hardly. Well Reno was always a nice guy…but Deb? What a beast! She was hands down the worst food service employer I’ve ever had. She would get angry at the staff for taking too many orders! I mean, I thought the idea was to take as many orders as possible, especially during Sunday brunch?

    Maybe if she didn’t snap at her staff for ringing the bell after taking an order, they’d have more money to buy out the lease…

    I hope Marta will be ok,though.

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