Echo Park's Beloved Chango Coffee Is Up For Sale
After over a decade of caffeinating and nourishing the neighborhood, the fate of a funky Echo Park coffee shop is now up in the air. Chango Coffee, the cozy cafe on the corner of Echo Park Ave. and Delta St., is up for sale, according to The Eastsider. Considered one of the neighborhood's first coffee house of its kind, the shop was taken over and given a shiny makeover in 2014 by Marc Gallucci of Fix Coffee in nearby Elysian Heights and Jenna Turner who also owns Susina Bakery & Cafe, Habitat Coffee and Sunset Junction Coffee Shop. Now, the partners have decided to move on and "reap the reward of our hard work," Turner tells The Eastsider. "We really turned that business around."
According to the listing, the new owner would be buying the assets of the 1,000 sq ft. coffee shop and not the property itself, though no price is listed. They would also take over the remaining five year lease with the opportunity to extend for an additional five.
While there's been a boom of coffee shops that have opened in Echo Park since Chango first opened, Turner told The Eastsider that it hasn't negatively affected the shop, which is still thriving. “Everybody is different. Everybody has specific tastes, Turner said. “We all sell different coffees. It gives people a lot of opportunities to choose.”
Let's hope they can find someone to carry on the spirit of the neighborhood shop. Any takers?
Chango Coffee is located at 1559 Echo Park Ave. Echo Park. 213-977-9161