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‘BMPP @ 5 Line’ Takes Eagle Rock Back to its Roots—at Least in Name

A twofer pizzeria and upcoming bar on Colorado and Caspar has an interesting business concept.

A little more than three months after Corner Pizzeria was bought out by a Big Mama’s & Papa’s Pizzeria franchise on the corner of Colorado Boulevard and Caspar Avenue, the new restaurant has undergone a complete facelift—under a tricky name.

BMPP @ 5 Line, as the restaurant is called, is really two next-door businesses with the same name: BMPP refers to the pizzeria, which was refurbished last month, while 5 Line is the name of a full-liquor bar expected to open in about two months.

Except for the same set of owners and a shared wall, the two businesses near Friday’s Farmers’ Market have nothing in common. Those familiar with the neighborhood’s history will have no trouble recognizing that the bar’s name is a tribute to the 5 Line “Yellow Cars” trolley system that once linked Eagle Rock to downtown Los Angeles and the City of Hawthorne.

“We are taking the community back to its roots,” Hovik Dan Kechabashyan, one of the four partners behind the twin venture, told Eagle Rock Patch. “We are creating a lounge type of place where people can hang out—a happy atmosphere for everyone to come and enjoy.”

Although 5 Line was the brainchild of Eddie Kadinyan, who owned Corner Pizzeria and displayed architectural renderings for the bar at a couple of Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council meetings last year, the upcoming business will have nothing to do with the previous owner’s plans, according to Kechabashyan.

The bar will also evidently not be modeled on the BJ’s chain of casual restaurants, as a manager at the BMPP franchise had told Patch last October, infuriating some readers.

“It will be its own thing,” said Kechabashyan, adding, however, that this would be the first time that a BMPP franchise would be linked to a full-liquor bar.

There’s also some good news for Corner Pizzeria regulars who were sorry to see the restaurant go after just two years and nine months in business.

“Corner Pizzeria was supposed to be a Big Mama’s pizzeria when it originally started,” Kechabashyan said. “But they backed out at the last minute, although they had our menu. Their ‘Giant Sicilian’ pizza was our ‘Big Mama.’ We have ‘egg gondola pizza,’ they used to call it ‘kapouri.’”

Stay tuned for news about 5 Line’s opening.

Related interest: Tracing the Tracks of Eagle Rock's Trolleys

Elijah H February 17, 2013 at 01:00 AM
"Like 120 slightly different kinds of the same pizza dripping with grease, and slightly burnt." <-- been there, ate that, fixed your comment. I love the fixes to the exterior, and hope they improve the product on the interior.
julian martinez February 18, 2013 at 07:28 PM
Thank you for the great article! And thank you ALL for the support, questions, interest in our Eagle Rock location! If you would like to contact Big Mama's directly, feel free to email me at socialmedia@bigmamaspizza.com. We appreciate all for your patience as we work on completing our first ever full bar, "BMPP @ 5 Line"! As the article mentions, right now we're serving pizza, chicken wings, sandwiches and oh so much more (pizza nachos, anyone?!) in our pizza shop, and hope to have the full bar ready to go by Spring 2013. We are very excited to join the ER community! We are open to any sponsorship or fundraising ideas for the local schools. We will also be organizing a Grand Opening Event in a few months once the "5 Line" bar is open to introduce ourselves to the neighborhood! It is our goal to be a contributing member of the proud, vibrant ER community. Sincerely, Julian Big Mama's Social Media Manager P.S. Here's the blog post announcing our new ER location http://bigmamaspizzablog.com/big-mamas-papas-eagle-rock-is-now-open/
Joanne Turner February 20, 2013 at 07:33 PM
As to watching games at a local Eagle Rock lounge, what about the Coffee Table Lounge right next to the CT Bistro? You should try it!
Joanne Turner February 20, 2013 at 07:36 PM
Oh, by the way, my family has ordered Big Mama's twice for delivery. We used to order Two Guys in Glendale, but we're all pleased with BMPP and would much rather order locally. The menu's a bit daunting, but once you find what you like, it's a reliable, delivered meal. I really like the roasted vegetable salad and the vegetarian pizza.
John February 22, 2013 at 03:43 AM
Hate to be a voice of dissension, but my wife and I stopped in this place about a month ago and had a terrible dining experience. They left us waiting for our eat in order for an hour. After about 45 minutes someone finally came by and asked us what we had ordered. I sat in there dumbfounded as several people got their orders or takeouts. At the one hour mark I couldn't take it anymore. We got up and I asked them to give me my money back on my credit card. Even that the guy helping didn't seem to know how to do. They lost my service. I'll never go in this place again. Sorry but we have other cool lounges around ER/HP like the York or Maximillianos. I was truly disappointed in this joint.

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