Iconic East LA taco shop could get new life as a cannabis dispensary

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Stiiizy, a company owned by Shryne group, recently presented a proposal to the Los Angeles, CA Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council Land Use and Planning Committee to open a new retail location in the neighborhood, as reported by The Eastsider LA. If approved, the latest Stiiizy shop would open in what was formerly Ernie Jr’s Taco House.

Ernie Jr’s was open for almost sixty years before serving its last taco in 2014, and the building has sat empty since the restaurant closed its doors. The building has been in poor working condition for some time, according to the Shryne group’s presentation.

If granted the appropriate permits, Stiiizy would preserve the iconic Ernie Jr’s Taco House sign by removing graffiti, restoring areas of degradation, and preserving the history of the local joint with a plaque. They will relocate the sign to the front edge of the parking lot.

If approved, Stiiizy will paint the building according to its branding, but preserve the Spanish tiles and arches from the original build. The original wooden doors will be included as well, if possible. Inside the shop, visitors can appreciate a mural from the restaurant, which will remain as an homage to local history.

This isn’t the first cannabis dispensary to preserve the local history of their brick-and-mortar store. Rebelle Dispensary operates in a 100-year-old farmhouse in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Just down the street is Great Barrington dispensary, which is housed by a 170-year-old English Gothic revival mansion nicknamed “Indiola Place”. The mansion was originally home to one of the first gynecologists in the country. New Jersey regulators have granted Trenton’s first dispensary license to Woah Flow, which will set up shop in a historic bank building, as seen in this rendering from NJ.com.

If the change of use permit is approved back in California, Shryne will start construction on the newest Stiiizy location in June 2023, with a proposed opening date of December of that same year.


Cara Wietstock  is Senior Content Producer of GreenState.com and has been working in the cannabis space since 2011. She has covered the cannabis business beat for Ganjapreneur and The Spokesman Review. You can find her living in Bellingham, Washington with her husband, son, and a small zoo of pets.