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The Aussie Cafe Invasion Continues With a Takeover of Echo Park’s Fix Coffee

Some big-time international entrepreneurs are coming

Fix Coffee, 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.

There’s finally some action at the former Fix Coffee space in the hilly Elysian Heights section of Echo Park, as Brisbane-based Happy Fat restaurant group looks to install a new restaurant on site by the end of the year. The Eastsider was first to break the news.

Happy Fat owners Bonnie Shearston and Tom Sanceau confirmed the move to Echo Park late last week, with plans to bring a breakfast and lunch vibe back to the property. Fix Coffee had for years been a staple of the largely non-commercial community up in the hills, before closing back in March and leaving Valerie Confections as the best close option before landing all the way back at Sunset Boulevard.

Per The Eastsider, Australian chef Alison Trent will oversee the day to day operations of the cafe, doing breakfast and lunch seven days a week upon opening. There are plans to add beer and wine in the future as well, along with dinner hours down the line. All in all, the hope is to bring the still-unnamed shop to life before the end of the year.

With Happy Fat and co. coming soon to Echo Park, it seems the Australian coffeeshop scene remains on the LA rise. Bondi Harvest and Fairfax’s Paramount Coffee Project are two prominent examples, along with more recent options like Little Ripper in Glassell Park and Great White in Venice. The Aussies, it seem, sure know how to do breakfast and lunch places right.