It’s official, after being empty for more than a decade the space at 227 N. Larchmont Blvd will soon become the Los Angeles home of New York-based Levin Bakery.
Announced today by EaterLA.com:
“New York City’s most popular cookie shop, Levain Bakery, has just signed a lease for a new space in Larchmont Village, says a company rep. This is the 12th location of the bakery chain, whose hefty six ounce cookies draw long lines in New York, D.C. area, and Boston. Soft and almost gooey in the middle with a slightly crisp outer edge, these $5 cookies have become one of the city’s most iconic foods. It’s not clear when exactly Levain will open for business but permits will be filed next week to begin construction.
Levain Bakery first opened in 1995 in New York City’s Upper West Side by Constance McDonald and Pamela Weekes, expanding to a second location in 2000 in the Hamptons. Over the years, they’ve expanded across Manhattan and Brooklyn, and opening their first store outside of New York City in Washington D.C. in 2020. In the past two years, Levain has also expanded to Bethesda, Maryland, and Boston.
The original chocolate chip walnut is the store’s signature flavor though other popular cookies include dark chocolate chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, and chocolate peanut butter. Levain also produces plenty of other baked goods, including breads like baguettes, ciabatta, and country boules; brioche pastries, scones, and muffins; and loaf cakes like banana chocolate chip and sour cream coffee. The morning-to-evening hours means Levain also serves hot and cold coffee drinks, hot chocolate, and tea to busy New Yorkers.”
The company posted on Instagram today:
“LA, we’ve been dying to share cookies with you for years now. It is so surreal and exciting to say this… See you on the west coast very soon ✨ ⠀P.S. pls send all your tips for getting our bagel fix out west, surviving traffic, your favorite taco trucks, and tag your LA peeps who might want to join our first ever LA team. IT’S HAPPENING.”
Levain Bakery was founded by competitive swimmers and triathletes Pam Weekes and Connie McDonaldin in 1995, when they created an ultimate chocolate chip walnut cookie to give them energy while training for a triathlon. We have reached out the Levain folks for more information about what they will be doing on Larchmont, which we hope to share with you soon.
About Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard is the co-editor and publisher of the Larchmont Buzz. Patty lives with her family in Fremont Place. She has been active in neighborhood issues since moving here in 1989. Her pictorial history, "Larchmont" for Arcadia Press is available at Chevalier's Books.
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