Echo Park's Little Joy to Reopen Dodgers' Opening Day

The bar that has spawned multiple cultural references will be back to bring more joy.


Little Joy has brought a lot of joy to many Echo Parquenos over the years.

The bar that spawned a namesake band and a lot of other cultural references closed earlier this year after guiding Echo Park through much of its underground period.

We knew a makeover was coming, thanks to Echo Park resident Joaquin Reyna-Donaldson, who had helped run the bar down the street at the Echo for years.

He's teamed up with Donald Andes, who will run the business side.

Now, via a statement from the owners themselves we learn that the bar will be reopening April 1.

We also get details about the new look: a new oak bar, a stripped down brick interior, a DJ booth.

According to the release, "the building’s original brick and broken plaster has been uncovered along with a number of authentic details that highlight the location's previous lives as a 1920s auto body shop, a mid-century pharmacy and ultimately, a bar beginning in the early ‘60s."

Microbrews are naturally on tap and we're wondering if whiskey will be a specialty too.

We're just glad the corner at Portia will be bright again, with the pool table still in place and Dodger Stadium just a short walk away.


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