One of the last of the old guard Echo Park booze holes has a "change of ownership" beverage application notice posted in the window. El Prado, at 1805 Sunset, in the same yellow-brick storefront building as Par Paints, is said to be the very last of the Mexican Cowboy joints in the neighborhood, and it seems it's going to be sucked into the vortex of The Echo/Spaceland, as Mitchell Frank's name is on the change of ownership app. (Mitchell Frank is one of The Echo/Spaceland partners.) El Prado joins the ranks of The Shortstop and Little Joy as EP bars flip for hipsters.
One piece of neighborhood lore has it that about four or five years ago an El Prado patron took it outside into the street, firing his gun and hitting someone (fate unknown). Caballero then went back into the bar and ordered another drink while the police cordoned off Sunset, looking for their suspect.
I received a pair of responses to my post about the "kiddie porn" American Apparel billboard on Alvarado at Sunset (facing south) in which I disputed a Curbed LA writer's descriptino of the intersection where the clothing ad is posted. The first email was from the Curbed LA writer, Dakota Smith, who says that she stands by her description of the corner.