Born & Razed: Echo Park eatery, brewery, skateshop created safe spaces for Angelenos

Greater LA is exploring changing neighborhoods in a new series called “Born & Razed.” Today’s episode goes to Echo Park, where people have found community at the Mexican restaurant El Nayarit, brewery Sunset Beer, and skateshop Marriage. Photo by Zaydee Sanchez for KCRW.

This episode was supported in large part by FOUND/LA, supporting local entrepreneurs with funding, education, and community.

Greater LA’s new special series closely looks at changing neighborhoods across Southern California. “Born & Razed” kicks off today in Echo Park.

The Mexican restaurant El Nayarit thrived for almost 50 years. “Waitstaff … had all been outsiders that became insiders, and they wanted to share that spirit with you,” says Natalia Molina.

Sunset Beer Company has been called an oasis in the middle of LA, where customers feel like they’re on the set of “Cheers.” But it’s closing for good on May 1. 

Marriage skateshop quickly became a hangout spot for many young skaters after it launched earlier this month. Owner Ronnie Campone has been skating for 30 years. 

Hermenia Perez (seated left), the self described “Novia” of Echo Park, holds court at Alejandra’s Quesadillas. Photo by Zaydee Sanchez for KCRW.

Locals gather around Alejandra’s Quesadillas on Echo Park Boulevard. Photo by Zaydee Sanchez for KCRW.

Locals gather for the Sunday brunch scene at The Semi-Tropic in Echo Park. Photo by Zaydee Sanchez for KCRW.

The Semi-Tropic has been a gathering place for many Echo Park residents since they opened in 2018. Photo by Zaydee Sanchez for KCRW.

Friends lounging on the lawn by Echo Park lake. Photo by Zaydee Sanchez for KCRW.