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Gelato Bar Down for 'Remodel' Just Weeks Before Jeni's Opens Across the Street

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The Los Feliz shop looks like it doesn't even want to try to compete.

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Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Looks like everyone’s making room for the inbound Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream, which is currently angling for a March launch. In anticipation of the long lines, late hours, and delirious clientele screaming for the Midwestern ice cream brand, Gelato Bar on Hillhurst seems to have locked the door for good. Hell, even Ramekin ran away from the dessert game late last year, just to be safe.

According to a tipster, signage at the storefront indicates a "remodel," which is usually a sure sign of impending doom. For recent examples, here’s Twain’s Restaurant in Studio City and Red Hill in Echo Park.

Assuming the closure becomes official, it’ll be a bit of a loss for the area. the Gelato Bar storefront was always effortlessly cozy, with a serious European vibe and cafe tables out front — not that Hillhurst is in desperate need of more places to sit outside and eat. Still, chalk this one up to the incoming dominance of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream.

Gelato Bar

1936 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027 (323) 668-0606 Visit Website