Yep, Northern California favorite La Boulange Bakery is primed to open its doors as a hybrid bakery/restaurant soon at 359 S. La Brea Avenue –
Starbucks acquired the San Francisco bakery chain La Boulange Bakery in 2012, on June 12 will open its first Los Angeles location on La Brea (more are planned of course) Unlike its bakeries (local competitors like Le Pain Quotidien and the newly opened La Brea Bakery) which close by about 7 p.m or so – the La Boulange restaurant will serve dinner up until 10 p.m. The menu includes sandwiches, salads, and omelets and adds such later-in-the-day options as croissant burgers, cocktails, and you guessed it… beer, and wine. It’s easy to see why Starbucks wants to enter the L.A. dinner market. The coffee cafe chain largely loses its audience to competitors such as Panera Bread (no locations around here –yet), which racks up something like 22 percent of its sales during dinner service hours. Starbucks has already announced an “Evenings” menu at its own branded cafes–and will no doubt try to apply any lessons to its new restaurant here.
Check it out – click here for more info… La Boulange
Not exactly at the Farmers Market but close. Another “build your own pizza with all the toppings you want on it” concept opened its doors at the Farmers Market adjacent complex on Fairfax Avenue just north of 3rd street. Blaze “fast fired” Pizza is the first of these new build your own pizza concepts expanding all over America. A pizza made to your liking will set you back just $7.95 for regular crust and a little more for gluten free. I tried it and think they are actually pretty decent and definitely worth the price of admission. In Los Angeles proper, 800 Degrees Pizza in Westwood was first to market a Subway Sandwich type build-your-own concept for pizzas. I wouldn’t say these new fast casuals are genius but you gotta ask what took so long for someone to branch away from made to order sandwiches..Chipotle is king of made to order burritos, will Blaze get the pizza crown or will it be …For the exact location click here. For more info on Blaze Pizza click here
World famous Chef/Entrepreneur Eric Greenspan launched his next new “baby” (besides very recently welcoming a real baby) “Greenspan’s Grilled Cheese” has finally opened it’s doors along Melrose Avenue. Situated between Gardner and Vista St., Greenspan’s Grilled Cheese promises everything from a traditional american grilled cheese to the a-mazing “Buffalo Blue” sandwich or build your own(the “in” thing in fast casual)
Throw in some of the city’s best fries (yeah we like them fries right up there next to The Oinkster and Grill Em’ All) and delicious Latke bites served with apple crème fraiche and this place shines nicely. Sandwiches, soup, salads, desserts, seltzer drinks etc. etc. We love this place. For more on Greenspan’s Grilled Cheese Menu – Click Here
Sweet Rose Creamery — known for long lines of die-hards at it’s Santa Monica location (and they’ve got one in Brentwood too) has finally started serving up amazing ice cream’s and desserts along Beverly Blvd between Curson Av and Sierra Bonita. We highly –very highly recommend and definitely a welcomed addition to the hood. Check it out. Click Here