Did I know about this? I'm not 100% sure, but I think I did. I was in this area today in Silver Lake and I came across the empty storefront of what used to be Tang's Donuts & Sandwiches. It struck a particular chord with me seeing it closed and empty yet with that bright yellow, red, and blue sign out in front. I don't think I ever wrote about this before, so I'll try to put it into words (I haven't been good with words lately).
Anyway, Tang's was one of the few places in LA that reminds me of genuine joy while I lived here. Those of you who have followed this blog for a while might know that I had a short stint living in LA and I more or less hated it. But Tang's...Tang's was that light on a shining hill for me. Tang's was the moment late in my stay in LA when I realized that maybe, just maybe, I'd miss LA if I ever moved away. It was the home base of the Wolfpack Hustle LA Marathon crash race and the location of where I truly connected with the city, saw the city for what it was and wasn't, and ultimately decided that maybe I wasn't made for this place. It's the site of great things and memories for me despite extreme loneliness in this city.
For the sake of sounding a little too emo, just know this: Tang's makes me sentimental for all the things I love about LA. Confusing? Yeah, I know. Sad to see it go.