From a parklet stationed at the corner of Anaheim Street and Stanley Avenue Friday evening, the smells and sounds of sizzling street tacos permeated the air. Guests sitting on wooden picnic tables sipped beer and cocktails, chatting and joking among themselves. Television screens glowed with Game 3 of the World Series.
Friday’s grand reopening was a big win for Supply and Demand, which saw a sizable turnout of guests filling nearly all of their available patio space. As the new kids on the block, the bar and music venue at 2500 E. Anaheim St. had been opened just shy of seven months before the pandemic.
What was formerly the Blacklight District, a dive bar and music venue known for its punk and metal lineups, its poor Yelp reviews and infamous feature on season six of Bar Rescue, was bought and revamped by husband and wife Kevin and Erica Norton with Jair Aguirre. After spending a small fortune on much needed renovations, Supply and Demand saw its first patrons the end of July 2019.
Just as the Zaferia venue was starting to get its footing, along came the pandemic and its stage went dark. While they’ve been making the most out of their space as a studio for a weekly live music stream on Twitch, in tandem with SOS Booking & Productions, after nearly eight months without patrons, they’re just happy to see new and familiar faces.
“It feels awesome,” co-owner Kevin Norton said.
Like other bars that have recently reopened, Supply and Demand’s reopening is contingent on operating as restaurants do. Patrons are served outside at tables spaced six feet apart and food is always on the bill.
At the north end of the parklet stands Erica Norton’s new food cart LBC Tacos, offering $3 carne asada, pollo asodo, and al pastor tacos—even vegan picadillo tacos for our sympathetic eaters—cradled in handmade from scratch masa (corn) tortillas. The traditional style tacos are Erica Norton’s twist on passed-down family recipes, the same family who currently owns Lola’s and The Socialist on 4th Street.
While the bar is still in the process of rehiring staff and ironing out the kinks until they can resume full-time operations, Supply and Demand will be open for limited hours Thursday through Sunday from 5 to 10 p.m.
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