The Portland ice cream phenomena Salt & Straw has signed a lease for the former Supercuts storefront at 240 N Larchmont to offer their rich, artisanal farm-to-cone ice cream in Larchmont Village. Just five doors north of the former home of Baskin Robbins, once a must-stop shop for anyone with a kid in tow, it sounds like the new Salt & Straw will appeal to both the gourmand and child alike. The shop is expected to open in August, 2014.
Salt & Straw is the brainchild of a set of cousins, Kim and Tyler Malek, who started fooling around with strange and exotic savory and sweet combinations for ice cream in Portland just two years ago. They use local, seasonal ingredients and only offer 11 flavors at a time, with some limited edition monthly specials thrown in.
In Portland they offer flavors like Honey Balsamic Strawberry with Cracked Pepper, Coffee and Bourbon, Pear with Blue Cheese, and Rhubarb Crumble with Toasted Anise. According to Portland’s Eat Beat, in Los Angeles “collaborations between young ice cream turk Tyler Malek and a cast of farmers, chefs, cheese-makers, brewers, and butchers from Southern California to the Central Coast” will make for a different menu.
Salt & Straw ice cream is currently sold at Joan’s on Third, but nowhere else in Los Angeles. According to Eat Beat, the Maleks have been snooping around LA for a time, trying to find the best location to “bring S&S to a city with an artisan food momentum and its own impressive obsession with ice cream.”
The duo’s Salt & Straw website also speaks to building strong community – just the thing small town Larchmont Village is all about. And with 17% butterfat in each creamy confection, it sounds like this kind of community is going to be happy, satiated and maybe tipping the scales a bit heavier than before.