Europeans develop a taste for Millie’s; the scoop on new Atwater ice cream shop; spotlight on Boyle Heights brewer


An influx of European tourists is one of the reasons that prompted Millie’s Café, the classic Silver Lake diner, to expand, LA Weekly reports. But the expansion didn’t stop Robert Babish – who has owned Millie’s for 16 years – from lamenting over the good ol’ days. “It was better before, mostly hipsters, but they moved,” Babish said in the LA Weekly story. What was added? Storage and 12 more tables. Millie’s is located in the 3500 block of Sunset Boulevard in Silver Lake.

In other Shopper & Diner News:

  • Tarzana’s Wanderlust Creamery will soon be serving its specialty ice cream in Atwater Village, Eater LA reports. Expected to open by the end of the month, the Atwater location is Wanderlust’s second shop. Wanderlust Creamery is located in the 3100 block of Glendale Boulevard in Atwater Village.
  • Dry River Brewing in Boyle Heights needs just a few more permit hurdles before it officially opens up to the public for tastings and bottle sales, the Los Angeles Times reports. In the meantime, find out how Dry River produces its “slow beer.” Dry River Brewing is located in the 600 block of S. Anderson in Boyle Heights.
  • Echo Park’s Bar Bandini and El Prado made Eater LA’s hot list of “23 Fantastic Wine Bars to Sip, Swirl, and Drink in Los Angeles, Updated.” Bar Bandini’s dark interior and its vast collection of California wines on tap and by the glass received a nod. El Prado received a mention for its “simplicity” and limited selection of wines that offer “something for everyone.” Both spots are located just a few blocks away from each other on Sunset Boulevard, with Bar Bandini on the 2100 block and El Prado on the 1800 block.

Cecilia Padilla-Brill is a communications writer and journalist. She writes news, health, education and feature stories. Cecilia is currently working on her first novel. She has lived in Echo Park since 1999.

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  1. Poor Robert, all those hipsters giving him sales and money to keep lining his pockets must be SO inconvenient! If only it where like the good old days. Hmm, maybe I’ll take my business elsewhere since he’s okay with disparaging an entire group of people. If he doesn’t like money, there’s plenty of better cafes out there anyway.

    • Captain McNormal-Face

      Actually, Babish is saying that he misses the hipsters, now that they’ve moved. (I guess Silver Lake has gotten too expensive for the young crowd?) Just checked the original Weekly story to make sure, and there’s this: “He’s the rare person who will admit to liking a younger crowd in hats and tight jeans.”

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