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Salt & Straw Cools Down the White Hot Arts District This Week

Ice cream comes to the busiest neighborhood in the city

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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.

Here comes Salt & Straw Arts District, just in time for the warm days of early fall. The ice cream shop opens Thursday of this week, scooping up locals and newfound neighborhood tourists alike.

Take a look around inside the bare-bones space off 3rd Street, right on the main drag across from Blacktop Coffee and the new lunch and dinner spot Manuela. The 1,800 square foot room was designed by Portland-based Osmose Design to be tall and bright, and represents the largest area location to date.

Built-in benches along one wall should allow customers to settle in with a cone, while an adjacent retail section sells everything from sea salts to chocolate bars. That’s of course in addition to the company’s usual slew of intriguing ice creams and milkshakes, including their Halloween-themed October options like Dracula’s Blood Pudding, which apparently includes a bit of chicken liver.

The Arts District opening makes for nearly a half-dozen outlets across Los Angeles at this point, with existing stops in Venice, Larchmont, and Studio City. This iteration in Downtown opens Thursday and will keep daily hours from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., with occasional one-off pop-ups and other fun stuff to come down the line as well.

Salt & Straw Arts District
829 E. 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA