Sunset Junction shop owners were left mystified last fall when K2, a barely year-old Silver Lake restaurant that opened in the former Eat Well diner space, suddenly closed and was hidden behind a plywood barricade. But that barricade recently came down as work began to transform K2 into the Sunset Junction Coffee Shop, the most recent venture by Jenna Turner, co-owner of Chango Coffee in Echo Park and Susina Bakery & Cafe on Beverly Boulevard. Turner’s idea is to open a contemporary contemporary coffee shop serving “really good American food” and offering consistent service. “It will be a friendly, neighborhood place,” said Turner, who plans to open Sunset Junction Coffee Shop by the middle of this week.
Turner has been plenty busy this year, which began when she teamed up with Marc Gallucci, owner of Fix Coffee in Elysian Heights, to buy and renovate Chango Coffee in Echo Park. In Silver Lake, Turner teamed up with a different set of partners to lease the Sunset Boulevard storefront formerly occupied by K2, which opened in 2010 with high expectations of drawing more business to Sunset Junction after the space had been vacant for several years.
Turner said the restaurant is undergoing a minor remodeling, which includes a new color scheme as well as different tables and chairs. The Sunset Junction Coffee Shop will start by opening from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. with breakfast and lunch service. There are plans to eventually serve dinner and possibly stay open late, said Turner.
Neighboring merchants are looking forward to seeing the midblock space open for business. “We are thrilled that it’s going to be a functioning restaurant,” said Sarah Dale, who owns a shop, Pull My Daisy, on the same block.