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Storefront Report: Trencher seeks to satisfy Echo Park’s sandwich cravings

Apr 1, 2014
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Photo courtesy Trencher

By Hayley Fox ECHO PARK –  After about a year of work,  Trencher, a sandwich shop on Portia Street near Sunset Boulevard,  is scheduled to make its debut today just in time for Dodger season.  Owners Justin Foster, Hussein Katz and Danny Zackery plan to offer a to-go lunch box fans can bring up the street to games (or to Elysian Park for a summertime picnic).

Trencher’s menu includes meat lover and vegetarian-friendly options, ranging from a Tofu Banh Mi to a Corned Beef Reuben or Turkey Club. Most sandwiches cost $8 to $10 and come with house-fried potato chips. The shop will also sell $2 to $5 classic sides like Mac and Cheese and Potato Salad, as well as lighter options including a Baby Kale Salad and Quinoa with Roasted Vegetables. Trencher will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, and Sunday. On weekend’s the shop will stay open late (until 1 or 2 a.m.), and feature a “late night menu” that includes sliders, gravy fries, wings and other snacks designed to soak up a night of drinking.

What kind of name is Trencher? Last year, Katz, explained that “Trencher” is a Middle-Ages term for the open-faced predecessor of the sandwich.

Trencher is one of two new restaurants that will be satisfying Echo Park’s sandwich cravings. The other Sandwich shop, Dinette, is under construction in the former Sunset Snack Stand, which was purchased by Cafe Stella owner Gareth Kantner.

Echo Park, restaurants

Photo courtesy Trencher

Hayley Fox is an L.A. native now living in Echo Park. After getting her master’s in journalism at the Annenberg school, Fox worked at public radio station KPCC 89.3 where she wrote and produced stories for online and on-air. She covered mostly downtown L.A. and South L.A. news, as well as covering city-wide crime, breaking news and the occasional adorable animal story.

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