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Dual Weekend Car Crashes Demolish Two Popular Eastside Restaurants

Thankfully, both took place during off hours

Cindy's, Eagle Rock
Cindy's, Eagle Rock
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.

A pair of weekend car crashes have put two popular Eastside restaurants out of commission, as one car plowed into a Chinese restaurant in Atwater Village and another seriously damaged a diner in Eagle Rock.

The first accident took place in Atwater, with a wayward driver ending up inside the dining room of Coral Reef, an older Chinese restaurant on the corner of Glendale and Garden. NBC 4 says the accident occurred Friday morning just before 9 a.m., with one person being transported to the hospital.

The other weekend crash heavily damaged Cindy's in Eagle Rock, a beloved diner favorited by locals. As below photos sent out from the Cindy's team directly show, someone managed to swerve off Colorado Boulevard and land inside the front entrance to the restaurant, taking out a couple of booths in the process. Thankfully the nearly 70 year old restaurant was closed during the crash, which reportedly happened around 1 a.m. on Saturday morning.

Sadly, this isn't even the first time a car has crashed into Cindy's, despite it being set off from the road and surrounded by a large parking lot. A similar incident took out much of the building in 2007, during an odd spate of restaurant crashes in Eagle Rock that also included Pete's Blue Chip and Swork Coffee, according to local LA1 News.

This morning, Cindy's tweeted out a thank you to the supportive community around the restaurant, saying that they're already hoping to be back up and running as quickly as possible. The fate of Coral Reef in Atwater Village remains unknown, but hopefully the restaurant can similarly get back on its feet soon.

Coral Reef Chinese Restaurant

3200 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039 (323) 660-3260

Cindy's Eagle Rock

1500 Colorado Blvd, Eagle Rock, CA 90041 (323) 257-7375 Visit Website