The owners of Millie’s diner in Silver Lake and a Studio City-based maker of vegan ice cream are teaming up to open an Echo Park vegan bistro and desert shop in the former Mooi space on Sunset Boulevard. The Eastsider reported in early January that Mooi, a short-lived raw vegan restaurant owned by Stephen Hauptfuhr, was no more. Instead, one of Hauptfuhr’s partners, Robert Babish of Millie’s, was taking control of the space with plans to open up a vegan cafe with cooked food. But vegans who like it raw will be pleased to hear that Babish’s new restaurant, called Sage Organic Vegan Bistro, will operate side-by-side with KindKreme, which sells raw, vegan ice cream, smooties and other deserts from stores in Studio City and Pasadena.
Patrons will be able to buy take-out vegan ice cream at a KindKreme counter near the restaurant entrance or order KindKreme deserts off the Sage, sit-down menu, said KindKreme owner Mollie Engelhart
“It will be a store-within-a-store,” Engelhart said of her Echo Park outlet. In addition to deserts, KindKreme will also pour cold-pressed coffee drinks.
Sage and KindKreme are expected to open later this month.