Let’s have a current Silver Lake business deadcount (in order of demise), shall we?
- Flor Morena, looong gone and vacant
- Mornings/Nights Cafe, looong gone and vacant*
- Johnny’s Bar, looong gone and vacant*
- Netty’s, looong gone and vacant*
- Eastside Mercantile, gone and vacant*
- Backdoor Bakery & Cafe, gone and vacant
- Eat Well, gone and vacant
- Bungalow Furnishings, gone and vacant
- Sunset Orange, gone and vacant
- Cardone’s Deli, gone**
As The Specials sang: “This town (toooooown), is coming like a ghostown.”
And it’s not over yet. For the next in the exodus — discovered biking home tonight on Sunset Boulevard — I present the retail space that previously housed my favorite named shop in the area: The Den of Antiquity. Now it’s just a shell of its former self draped with a funereal “For Rent” sign.
Coincidentally as I was taking the picture at right, a fellow who later told me he was named Evan from Angelino Heights, came out of Casbah next door and I asked him somewhat incredulously if he might know when the time of death occured. He said it had probably been a week or two, and I shook my head in dejection. Seeing my camera he asked if I was interested in the property.
“Only if they’re giving it away!”
“Not quite,” he pointed out.
“My Silver Lake is disappearing!” I lamented, and somewhat knowingly he assured “It’ll only get better,” and I asked what he meant by that. Turns out Evan’s very interested in renting the property and hoping to close a deal soon. “For what?” I asked, bracing for him to tell me the name of some boutique or salon.
He paused. “A wine bar,” he said and I shrugged in a way that was half well-at-least-it’s-not-a-Starbucks relief and the other half by-the-way-I-drink-wine-out-of-a-box disinterested.
We chatted a few more minutes and looked into the vacant 1,600-square-foot floorspace and admired some of the facade’s architectural details. Before we said our goodbyes, I pointed out the shuttered Eat Well a couple doors west and mentioned the fresh absence of Sunset Orange across Hyperion Avenue past the surplus store to the east, and took a few pictures of the deceased Den, wondering what’s to become of those places, and what might be next to go.