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20-Year-Old Virgil Village Panadería Faces Eviction as Community Steps In to Help

Virgil Village’s Super Pan has two weeks to move out

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Mona Holmes is a reporter for Eater Los Angeles and a regular contributor to KCRW radio. She has covered restaurants, dining, and food culture since 2016. In 2022, the James Beard Foundation nominated her for a Jonathan Gold Local Voice Award.

One of Virgil Village’s longstanding panaderías is on the verge of closing down. The family-owned Mexican bakery Super Pan is in an unfortunate but familiar path, as a new landlord wants it to vacate the space by October 16. In response, locals have launched a petition urging LA City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell to step in and extend the deadline.

According to Jimbo Times, Miguel Palacios purchased Super Pan’s building in 2017. Palacios allegedly asked Super Pan owner Elvia Perez to make repairs before signing a lease. Even though Perez reportedly paid for a new ceiling, flooring, and electrical work, Palacios allegedly refused to honor the agreement.

Palacios sold the property earlier this year, and the new landlord gave the Perez family a 60-day notice to terminate the space on August 16. Perez is willing to relocate, but as the deadline looms, she says she needs additional time. That’s where the Virgil Village community has stepped in, with an online petition asking local neighborhood councilman O’Farrell to help extend the deadline to December 2018, providing Perez extra time to relocate. At present, the petition has 174 signatures.

Super Pan. 777 N. Virgil Avenue, Los Angeles, CA