BY CECILIA PADILLA-BRILL
This summer, folks can enjoy a scoop of ice cream in a location with a bit of Hollywood history. According to Eater LA, Brooklyn-based Ample Hills Creamery is gearing up for its West Coast debut in just a few months in Los Feliz. But that’s not the end of the story. The location is the former office of Dr. Paul Fleiss, the late pediatrician and father of “Hollywood madam” Heidi Fleiss. The spacious Craftsman home is currently being renovated to suit the demands of the burgeoning Eastside ice cream scene with special events, ice cream making demos and a high-level of foot traffic. Ample Hills Creamery will be at 1824 Hillhurst Ave. at Russell Avenue in Los Feliz.
La Monarca, the upscale panaderia chain founded by a Stanford MBA, appears to be preparing to open a bakery in the heart of the Lincoln Heights’ commercial district. The company, which operates bakeries from Whittier to Santa Monica, did not respond to our emails seeking info. But company employees have said La Monarca is preparing to open a store in the neighborhood. Building permits and Instagram posts by La Monarca’s architecture firm indicate that the new bakery will open in the former Payless ShoeSource at N. Broadway and Daly streets. A peek through the windows reveals some of the bright colored tiles and other features of La Monarca stores. When will it open? Stay tuned.
Highland Park is one of the neighborhoods with the most mentions in Los Angeles Magazine’s “Ultimate Pizza Crawl Through Northeast L.A.” Roman-style newcomer Triple Beam’s charge-by-the-ounce slices have been a huge hit. Then there’s Highland Park Bowl’s Neapolitan style pizzas that are churned out by its fiery pizza oven. Half a century old Folliero’s also received a nod with the “best pizza in Highland Park.” Triple Beam is at 5918 N. Figueroa St. Highland Park Bowl is at 5621 N.Figueroa St. Folliero’s is at 5566 N. Figueroa St.
Highland Park’s booming restaurant and food scene lost two newcomers. Burgerlords unexpectedly served its last burger, Eater LA reports. It operated out of a takeaway window attached to the bar and music venue the Hi Hat. According to an Instagram post, brother and owners Fred and Max Guerrero have “decided to move on” and focus on “new opportunities.” Meanwhile, RBTA, the Japanese-style skewers and robata restaurant has closed its Figueroa Street space less than a year after opening, says Eater. No reason was given for the closure but a new concept is reportedly in the works.
That’s it for this week’s Shopper & Diner Report!
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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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