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Eagle Rock’s Most Celebrated Diner Returns Today After Devastating Car Crash

Cindy’s is up and running, and the locals are already flooding in

Cindy’s Restaurant in Eagle Rock
Farley Elliott
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Groovy Eagle Rock diner Cindy’s Restaurant is back in action this morning, following a half-year reconstruction effort after a late night driver plowed through the front of the place. Those beautiful orange booths have been restitched, the long Formica counter is shining bright, and customers are already stopping in to deliver well-wishes to the owners.

For years, Cindy’s diner has been a neighborhood staple for greater Northeast LA. Locals pack the place on weekends because of its inexpensive diner fare and charming service, but that all stopped abruptly last June when a driver took out a full portion of the dining room after failing to navigate the curve out front on Colorado Boulevard. Sadly, it wasn’t even the first time a crash has put the diner at risk.

Since then, construction efforts have been ongoing. The community rallied around the reopening, and every single member of staff has apparently been retained. So as of today it’s back to sunny-side-up business, with Cindy’s keeping ongoing hours from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. Welcome back.

Cindy’s Restaurant
1500 Colorado Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA