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Beacon Brings Life Back to the Echo Park Lake Boathouse

A new vendor at the park means pastry and coffee once again

Avocado toast at Beacon in Echo Park
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.

Looks like a new vendor is all lined up at the boathouse alongside Echo Park Lake, as Beacon has taken over and is now serving a variety of dishes all day long.

The newcomer soft opened last week with coffee, tea, and pastry mostly, but chef Emmanuel Garcia has plans to expand into a more formalized breakfast and lunch menu as time goes on. They’re adding new items basically daily (including a new Spam and egg breakfast sandwich) and come spring and summertime will even look to grow as a dinner destination to boot.

It’s a smart move for owner Jason Espiritu, as the park has become a gathering place for locals, families, and a core set of Echo Park’s hip new movement. Add in the beautiful views of the water and Downtown beyond, and it seems a no-brainer that Beacon could succeed, something on the level of the much-lauded Winsome off Sunset Boulevard. Hours for the recently-opened Beacon are Monday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the place even offers wifi.

751 Echo Park Ave.
Los Angeles, CA