Salt & Straw, the iconic, family-run ice cream purveyor known for its artisanal, chef-driven approach to an American classic, will open its fifth Los Angeles scoop shop at 8949 Santa Monica Blvd. in West Hollywood on Friday, February 17. Once the doors open at 11am that morning, locals can enjoy all of the Salt & Straw classics that have made the artisanal brand so beloved in Los Angeles since its arrival in 2014. Favorites like Sea Salt with Caramel Ribbons and Stumptown Coffee & Compartes Love Nuts will be joined by Head Ice Cream Maker Tyler Malek’s seasonal, monthly-rotating offerings, along with sundaes and milkshakes.
“It truly feels like we fall more in love with Los Angeles and its unique enclaves with every shop we open here,” says Kim Malek, who founded Salt & Straw in Portland with her cousin, Tyler, in 2011. “We’ve been continually inspired by all the communities like West Hollywood that make this city so vibrant, and are looking forward to becoming a part of the neighborhood fabric.”
As part of an introduction to those neighbors, Salt & Straw will host pre-opening fundraisers for The Trevor Project with their ice cream truck and pop-up station this week. Today (2/14) and tomorrow (2/15), the truck will be at 8921 Santa Monica Blvd. from 7 – 10 pm offering $1 scoops, and on Thursday, a pop-up station will be at Guisados from 6 – 9 pm. Full and partial proceeds, respectively, will go toward crisis intervention and suicide prevention services for LGBTQ young people ages 13 – 24.
Like its four outposts in Larchmont Village, Venice, Studio City, and the Arts District, the West Hollywood shop will offer guests a taste of Salt & Straw staples like Freckled Woodblock Chocolate and Almond Brittle with Salted Ganache; LA-specific flavors like Avocado & Strawberry Sherbet and Black Olive Brittle & Goat Cheese; and monthly-rotating specials from Tyler that draw inspiration from holidays and the dynamic SoCal food scene, such as February’s “LA Chocolatiers” series, which features collaborative flavors with local chocolate makers Bar au Chocolat, Twenty Four Blackbirds, and more. Recipes are created with 100% all-natural cream from Scott Brothers Dairy in-line with Salt & Straw’s philosophy to source the best possible products available, and all ice creams are churned in its Downtown LA kitchen to ensure optimal quality and freshness.
In addition to the scoops that are available in a cup or handmade waffle cone, guests can also enjoy full pint milkshakes made with any of the shop’s 17 flavors, or dig into special sundaes crafted by Tyler to showcase the marriage between Salt & Straw’s small-batch ice cream and the local artisanal products that often inspire them. Whole pints of all flavors are available in a dedicated cooler for guests to take home to share with loved ones.
The thoughtful approach taken with the creation of every ice cream flavor is mirrored in the design aesthetic of the 965 square-foot shop, conceptualized by Designer Andee Hess of Osmose Design to bring to mind a modern-day mercantile and gathering place. Custom wood-paneling, and terrazzo tiles, as well as Salt & Straw’s signature awning (an homage to their humble beginning as a red-and-white striped ice cream cart in 2011) further contribute to the feeling of a Salt & Straw as the meeting place for a family outing, a first date or a Friday night ritual among friends. The hand-crafted products used in the ice cream also factor into the design, with jam, salt, chocolate, and other goodies also on display for purchase.
“We’re exceedingly grateful for the reception we’ve received from the food community here, as well as the dedicated fans who have supported us since our arrival,” says Tyler. “It’s been amazing to see how our scoop shops have brought so many people together, and become these wonderful gathering spaces in their own right. We can’t wait to keep sharing that spirit with more new neighbors in West Hollywood.”
Once it opens its doors to the community, Salt & Straw will begin scooping from 11am – 11pm, daily. For more news and to stay up-to-speed on Tyler’s monthly seasonal flavors, visit www.saltandstraw.com.
8949 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069
ABOUT SALT & STRAW:
Salt & Straw Ice Cream is a family-run, chef-driven ice cream company with kitchens and scoop shops in Portland and Los Angeles that partners with local artisans, producers and farmers to serve unusually creative and absolutely delicious ice cream. Each ice cream is handmade in small batches using only all natural cream from local farms in each city. Flavors showcase the best local, organic and sustainable ingredients from Oregon and Southern California farmers and artisans as well as imported flavors from small hand-picked farms from around the world. The company started in Portland, OR serving eight flavors from an ice cream cart in May of 2011 and now has three scoop shops in Portland and four in LA along with a shop opening San Francisco in March 2017. Scoops of handmade, small batch ice creams, sundaes, milkshakes and floats as well as pints to go are available at each shop with an ice cream sommelier of sorts who will gladly take you through a tasting of all the flavors. Favorites, seasonal, design your own variety packs and pint club memberships are available for online purchase and can be shipped anywhere in the United States. Salt & Straw’s ice cream cart is available for catering parties and events. In April of 2016, Salt & Straw opened the Wiz Bang Bar at Pine Street Market, a soft serve dessert bar featuring fresh spins on the childhood swirl, sundaes, novelties, and, more. Find more information at www.saltandstraw.com or call 971-271-8168. Follow us on Facebook at Salt and Straw Ice Cream, Twitter and Instagram: @SaltandStraw.
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